Ohio has reached a settlement agreement in Fussell, originally filed in 2005, which pertained to the quality of inmate healthcare. More information on the case itself can be found here. According to court documents filed by court-appointed experts, the state has significantly improved the quality of healthcare provided to Ohio inmates. However, briefs filed by plaintiffs’ counsel earlier this year indicated that healthcare continues to be an issue with some inmates falling through the cracks and staffing issues continuing to challenge the Ohio prison system. Furthermore, prison healthcare is a high cost that buts up against the state’s shrinking budget and inmates have alleged that cost concerns affect their treatment. So, we will see what happens following the next budget in June and without the lawsuit.
OH: State Settles Lawsuit About Inmate Care