The population has held in the 9,000s this year, a DOC spokesman said.
The Department of Investigation spent six months reviewing the jail health care operator.
The reform comes in the wake of a Department of Investigation report that found problems with smuggling.
Bradley Ballard, who suffered from schizophrenia and diabetes, died in his cell in September 2013.
Carlos Mercado died after lapsing into a coma on Aug. 24, 2013, according to court documents.
Settlements were also up about 30 percent to $8 million.
A new lawsuit claims that sex among city correction officers on Rikers Island is "rampant."
Rosalyn Wilkes, 43, pleaded not guilty to charges she chatted to her gang-member boyfriend while on duty.
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