APNewsBreak: NYC dumps for-profit health provider for jails

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Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is dumping the private company that delivers health care in its jail system after a year of scrutiny over the high-profile deaths of mentally ill inmates.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) tells The Associated Press the city's public hospital system will take over medical and mental health care at Rikers Island when Corizon Health Inc.'s contract expires Dec. 31.

Wednesday's announcement comes the same day a city investigation was released detailing faulty hiring practices, uncompleted background checks and questionable medical practices.

Corizon and Rikers have come under increased scrutiny since a series of reports by the AP revealed the horrifying deaths of mentally ill inmates in recent years, including one who an official said "basically baked to death" in a sweltering cell.

Corizon did not immediately comment.