Indiana Prisoners Sue Over Health Care Policy

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The Indiana Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force prison officials to provide better medical care for the state’s 21,000 inmates, the Indianapolis Star says. In a class-action lawsuit filed yesterday, the civil liberties union says that Wabash Valley Correctional Facility inmate Ed Brown, 63, has been denied an operation to fix 6-year-old hernia problem “the size of a football.”

The lawsuit challenges a prison policy that says inmate hernias will be operated on only when they are strangulated or unable to be pushed back into the body. A civil liberties union attorney says the policy forces Brown and many other prisoners to live with pain when their conditions easily could be corrected with surgery.


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