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Thailand: Experts urge better inmate health care

“Overcrowding, insufficient staff at prison hospitals and delayed diagnosis and treatment are the major barriers to inmates receiving proper health care, [an expert] said. Dr Apinun said one of the prisons he visited had only one nurse and a physician available to treat more than 1,500 prisoners.”

Healthcare remains one of the most challenging aspects of any correctional system.  Unfortunately, most inmates coming off the streets have health issues that have been left untreated for a significant amount of time due to poor personal care.  Many inmates have multiple issues, including mental health issues that they may self “treat” through substance abuse.  Persons living in poverty – a big contributor to criminality – also have less access to quality healthcare, or less ability to pay for proper preventative care.  They come into the system, sometimes in a medical crisis, and then prison medical staff are challenged with treating them.  This is further complicated by the multi-layered correctional system in America, in which inmates coming off the streets go to county jails before they go to state prisons.  I have heard of many stories of inmates’ medication being stopped cold turkey simply because the jail did not want to let contraband medication through the door, did not want to pay for the medication, and did not have adequate healthcare staff to be able to evaluate the inmate in a timely manner.
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OH: Heat spurs reduction in power cuts in prisons

From the article: “State officials yesterday scaled back the number of prisons where electricity use will be curtailed under a power-supply agreement.  Only prisons in Marion, Cleveland and Youngstown dialed down electricity use yesterday as the heat index approached 100 degrees. On Monday and Tuesday, electricity was restricted in 24 prisons as a result of a contract that has generated $1.3 million for the state over three years.”

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Prison condoms under consideration to cut California STD rate from unprotected sex

From the article: “California prisoners have unprotected sexual contact, forced or consensual, even if both are illegal, and this reality often leads to the spread of HIV and other diseases in prisons and in communities where felons are paroled.  Setting up a difficult conversation, one state lawmaker says it’s time to give inmates a way to practice safe sex behind bars to reduce an infection rate that experts say is much higher than that of the general population.”

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FL: Privatization of Prison Health Care

From the article: “The privatization of the prison health care is moving full steam of head.  Some are calling it the dirtiest deal in the last 20 years.  Others say it will save the state millions of dollars a month.  Meanwhile, thousands are simply waiting to see if they’ll be employed.”

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The privatization of the prison health care is moving full steam ahead. Some are calling it the dirtiest deal in the last 20 years. Others say it will save the state millions of dollars a month. Meanwhile, thousands are simply waiting to see if they’ll be employed.Read More at: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/privatization-prison-health-care-33519.shtml

The privatization of the prison health care is moving full steam ahead. Some are calling it the dirtiest deal in the last 20 years. Others say it will save the state millions of dollars a month. Meanwhile, thousands are simply waiting to see if they’ll be employed.Read More at: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/privatization-prison-health-care-33519.shtml

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Guantánamo prison to synchronize force-feedings to Ramadan fast

From the article: “The U.S. prison at Guantánamo has sufficient military medical staff to synchronize forced-feedings to the Ramadan fast and will only feed hunger strikers after sunset and before dawn, a prison spokesman said Tuesday.”

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Idaho prison officials seek relief for overheated inmates

From the article: “As the temperature reached 100 degrees for the fifth straight day Tuesday, inmates in one wing of the Idaho State Correctional Institution have found conditions almost intolerable as a lone swamp cooler has proved ineffective.”

One commenter noted, “Committing felonies and getting incarcerated sucks.  As it should.”

To you, sensitive soul that you are, I say this: overheated conditions are extremely dangerous for inmates who are on psychotropic medications, which many are, given the increased likelihood of mental illness, and that heat has caused the death of inmates.  It’s not just about inmates feeling a little uncomfortable; it’s about providing constitutional levels of adequate care.

As we should.

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FL: Privatized prison health services leaves public employees out of a job

From the article: “Under terms of its contract, Corizon must offer comprehensive care to Florida’s inmate population for 7 percent less than it cost the state in 2010. Health care costs have increased steadily since then.”

That’s the upside.  The downside is that the company has come under fire for allegedly inhumane practices.

Then again, proponents of privatization have stated that the reality is that state-run prison medical services can also subject inmates to inhumane care – even when not inhumane, mistakes and negligence are going to happen in any healthcare system.  The goal is simply to limit the number of inmates affected and to limit the negative effects of any poor medical decisions.

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Mississippi prison run by Utah company called ‘barbaric’

Another lawsuit against a private prison company…

From the article: “Inmates in a Mississippi prison are isolated for long periods in “barbaric” conditions, sometimes in filthy cells with rats and broken toilets, and they are denied access to medical and mental health care, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday said.”

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