Medical rejections at the Baltimore City Detention Center

Prosecutors allege that six officers involved in Freddie Gray's arrest and transport did not provide proper medical care, so The Baltimore Sun investigated how often officers take suspects to jail with injuries or illnesses. Since June 2012, jailers at Central Booking have denied entry to nearly 2,600 detainees in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department. This visualization shows the most recent year of data available.

When jailers reject suspects for medical reasons, officers are required to get them care. Jailers reject suspects for many reasons, including head trauma, fainting, high blood pressure and pregnancy. Jailers have no way to determine how a suspect was injured while in custody.

Use the dropdown menu to highlight common reasons for rejection, then click a block to see the details of that case. (Modern browser and javascript required. Scroll down for a partial glossary.)


Related: Freddie Gray among many suspects who do not get medical care from Baltimore police

Highlight records containing one of the Top 10 common reasons for rejection:

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The top-10 dropdown above shows the conditions most frequently cited as the main reason for medical rejection from Central Booking. When designing this page, however, we chose to make the dropdown highlight any location where the problem was mentioned, since we believe that this will be of interest to Sun readers.

This page represents a one-year slice of data from a larger request. In addition to trimming the time range to a year, The Sun applied extremely minimal, algorithmic changes using OpenRefine -- removing redundant spaces to allow analysis, for example.

To see the full data set, download the records in Excel format.


Partial glossary:

Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar affecting people with diabetes)
Tachycardia (abnormally fast resting heart rate)
Hypertensive urgency (severely elevated blood pressure)
ETOH intoxication (alcohol intoxication)