Medical care in Idaho prison 'inhumane' according to an expert

Medical care in Idaho prison 'inhumane' according to an expert

by
Mitch Coffman
March 20, 2012
Mitch Coffman
March 20, 2012

Correctional health expert, Dr. Marc Stern, released findings that say medical care in Idaho prisons is not up to par, according to the Idaho Statesman.

In his report, Stern said inmates sometimes went unfed, some of those who needed long-term care were found to be in soiled linens, and often inmates weren't given adequate pain medication.

Stern's report also asserts that nursing and care mistakes likely resulted in the deaths of several inmates.

The company in charge of providing medical care, Corizon, said it was disappointed in the report and is preparing its own report that will show inmates got the care they needed and that it was satisfactory.

A judge will take the report into consideration as he decides if an ongoing lawsuit cocnerning prison care and conditions, filed 30 years ago, should keep going or finally be brought to an end.

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