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Turnstile Justice 

After a homeless man is accused of killing a woman at a subway station, McCoy learns that a health care provider may not have provided him with appropriate medical attention in order to save money.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Green
Jack McCoy
Nora Lewin
Jack Gilpin ...
Mr. Axtell
Philip Andrews
Brian Gallant (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Dr. Sanders
John Griesemer ...
Raffi Lorraine
Paul Donatelli
Mr. Jordan
Judge Elizabeth Mizener
Trey Wiles (as M. Neko Parham)


A woman is killed by a homeless man. Later the man is caught and sent to prison. The woman's ex-husband thinks they should look into how the man who is clearly deranged, was allowed out. McCoy looks into it and learns the man was incarcerated and his condition was known but why was he released. McCoy learns that an HMO who runs the prison health care system chooses not to treat inmates who need expensive treatments. So McCoy decides to go after them. Written by

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25 October 2000 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Joe Lo Truglio plays a New York police officer in the opening sequence. Truglio went on to play an NYPD detective in the series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. See more »


A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Before I can let you go outside I need to know who you are.
Brian Gallant: I'm Regis Philbin.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Is that your final answer?
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References Dateline NBC (1992) See more »

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Can you tell us why you committed this horrible crime? My bad uncle.
4 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

An old lady called the cops because a well dressed woman was lying on a subway bench. She was actually dead: someone broke his skull with an object, probably a paving stone, causing internal bleeding; her pursue and fancy coat were missing. Detectives realize she worked in that neighborhood as book editor and she was divorced with two kids. Her former husband tells Briscoe that the marriage ended up badly because at 30 years old she revealed her homosexuality. Thanks to a stolen credit card Briscoe and Green figured out the perp is a troubled tramp (Raymond Anthony Thomas) who has just been released from Rikers. He soon admitted his guilt but McCoy, under victim's husband pressure, is determined to prosecute who is in charge of medical treatment inside the prison.

We see in this episode that there's something you can't privatize: there is no point in conducting a cost-benefit analysis when a crazy inmate is about to leave a joint; once he's out, he could put other people's lives in danger.

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