Law & Order (1990–2010)
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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.


Richard Dobbs


Dick Wolf (created by), Barry Schindel


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Dianne Wiest ... Nora Lewin
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. Axtell
Victor Slezak ... Philip Andrews
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Brian Gallant (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Jason Kolotouros ... Dr. Sanders
John Griesemer John Griesemer ... Raffi Lorraine
Ty Burrell ... Paul Donatelli
Daniel Cantor ... Mr. Jordan
Lynn Cohen ... Judge Elizabeth Mizener
Neko Parham ... 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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Release Date:

25 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, 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 (2013). See more »


Detective Green tells the two teenage girls that had the victim's credit card that they can be charged with a felony for using a stolen credit card. But that's only if they stole the card off the victim's body, in which case they'd be charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree, a class E felony that usually carries probation but can also include a prison sentence of 1-4 years. However if they just found the credit card laying on the street or in a trash can all they could be charged with is unauthorized used of a credit/debit card, a class A misdemeanor which carries probation and possibly up to one year in jail. 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 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) See more »

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Can you tell us why you committed this horrible crime? My bad uncle.
4 November 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See 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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