3:16 pm - I contacted the North Infirmary Command looking for Ramsey's location and to check on his well-being. I can hear the guard on the radio asking around to try and find him, over a radio possibly. The guard says this is not the right location and is transferring me to the OBCC to see where he is and if he's alright.
3:18 pm - Transferred to the OBCC. I was told that he's fine and he's not in medical. At this point that is all the information I have.
5:22 pm - Ramsey has called and said that he was taken to medical and they just took his temperature. They didn't ask him what was wrong, they had him waiting while he was throwing up blood because they were looking after another inmate with a rash. Although there were apparently other doctors & nurses present, they had not yet started their shift and did not express any interest in helping Ramsey. They didn't give him any test to see what was wrong. Not a urinalysis or anything. He said that the pain is still there. He has been transported back to the OBCC and he said he's been sitting there throwing up in front of the guards faces and they aren't doing anything. "Like I got a bucket full of throw up." is what he just said. He wishes he was home or at least not at Rikers.
5:39 pm - He called back and said it's like 'I'm throwing up acid and blood.' He sounds tired or weak and says his head hurts from being sick. Said he came back from medical and his food from commissary was thrown all over his bed sloppily and tossed his cell. Reason for search: "SST" which means 'special search team' with dogs and everything. They have only given him one letter and his commissary, so I can't figure out why that extra attention.
7:24 pm - Ramsey has not called and there is about 1 hour and 10 minutes left before the phones are shut down for the evening. Calling the jail to get whatever status update is available now, I am being told that there is not a note yet, however there is a referral. So I have to assume they haven't seen him as of yet. Upon my initial call, I was told to check back in two hours. It has only been one hour since then so I didn't fully expect an update at this time however I will keep checking. Anyone who is concerned about Ramsey can do the same if they wish.
- Ron Hughes (347) 774 - 7000
Every time I speak to someone I am told that they have received a number of calls about Mr. Orta. Thank you to everyone for showing your concern and support.
8:20 pm - I was informed that Ramsey had been taken to medical and seen by someone. That's at least a little more comforting than knowing he hadn't been seen yet. Whether or not he is alright is not information that they would divulge to me over the phone. Unless Ramsey calls at this point, there is no confirming the state of his health.
Board of Correction
Chairman: Stanley Kreitman
51 Chambers Street – Room 923
New York, NY 10007
New York City Department of Correction
Commissioner: William J. Frazier.
60 Hudson Street – 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013-4393
NYC Department of Correction: (212) 266-1212
Rikers Island Inmate Information: (718) 546-0700
Records Access Officer: (646) 248-1414
Rikers Island visiting hours. Rikers Island Control Room: (718) 546-4521
OtisBantum Correctional Center
16-00 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
North Infirmary Command
15-00 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
Since it was established in 1932, it has become a place notorious for violence within the walls -- where inmates attack inmates, inmates attack correction officers, and correction officers attack inmates. - Pix 11
"But Rikers never had a pristine moment, even at the start. Before the facility opened, inspectors warned of health hazards occasioned by, among other things, “dump fires,” and the problems that had plagued Blackwell’s — drug use, corrupt correction officers, violence, squalor, gang consolidation — moved upriver almost immediately, and have stubbornly stayed ever since." - NY Mag
"It wasn't exactly a secret that Rikers Island is a dangerous place, but the Justice Department's investigation showed just how violent it can be. It found that brutality by guards is routine, inmate-on-inmate violence is tolerated and major injuries are commonplace." - NPR