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The ‘Chaos’ of Arizona Prison Health Care

An Arizona public broadcasting investigation finds that the state and Corizon Health, its private contract health care provider, haven’t lived up to the terms of a 2015 settlement with Arizona inmates over alleged flaws in dental, medical and health care in the state’s 10 prisons.

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Pew Study Calls for Better Monitoring of Prison Health Care

State corrections authorities spend more than $8 billion a year on health care programs for prisoners, but are they cost-effective? A study by Pew Charitable Trusts says the aging of America’s prison population adds renewed urgency to monitoring—and improving—efforts to treat prisoners’ special health needs both during and after incarceration.

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Corizon Health Opts Out Of $1.1B FL Inmate Health Contract After Criticism

After two years of complaints about health care in Florida’s prisons, Corizon Health, the private company that has been responsible for the largest share of inmate care, has decided not to renew its $1.1 billion contract with the state, leaving the future of care for 74,000 inmates in limbo when the company pulls out in six months, reports the Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times bureau in Tallahassee. The decision by the Tennessee-based company to terminate the contract that was scheduled to […]

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At Least 38 States Charge Prisoners Co-Pays For Medical Care

Going to prison doesn't spare patients from having to pay medical copays. In response to the rapidly rising cost of providing health care, states are increasingly authorizing the collection of fees from prisoners for medical services they get in state prisons or local jails. At least 38 states now do it, says the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and Stateline. The fees are typically small, $20 or less. States must waive them when a […]

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NYC To Drop Corizon Health’s Rikers Contract Amid Criticism

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not renew the contract of Corizon Health Inc. to provide medical care at the Rikers Island jail complex, the New York Times reports. The decision ends the company's troubled 15-year history at the city's jails, and it highlights the enormous challenge of providing quality health care to Rikers inmates. Yesterday, the city's Department of Investigation reported that the company had hired doctors and mental health workers with disciplinary problems and […]

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Scathing Report Describes Poor Health Care In Illinois Prisons

A scathing report by court-approved researchers paints a bleak picture of Illinois prison medical care, describing treatment delays, haphazard follow-up care, chaotic record keeping and a litany of other problems that may have cut short the lives of some inmates, reports the Associated Press. The 405-page report, which the Illinois Department of Corrections disputed, was filed yesterday in federal court in Chicago in a class-action suit against the agency, which oversees 49,000 inmates statewide. The report concludes that “Illinois has […]