Latest Prisoners' health News

Court blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for California prisons

Nov. 26, 2021 22:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked an order that all California prison workers must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a religious or medical exemption. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a...

Connecticut inmate dies from COVID-19

Nov. 24, 2021 13:04 PM EST

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A 62-year-old Connecticut inmate has died from complications from the coronavirus, the 22nd state prisoner death related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year, state officials said Wednesday. The man was serving a sentence for driving...

COVID uptick at Connecticut prisons as worker vax rates lag

Nov. 23, 2021 17:01 PM EST

The Connecticut Department of Correction, which has the lowest employee vaccination rate among executive branch state agencies at 65%, has seen a recent uptick in COVID-19 infections among staff and inmates, according to new state data. As of Tuesday morning, 107 inmates...

Ex-Virginia doctor sent to prison for illegal prescriptions

Nov. 19, 2021 15:55 PM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia doctor has been sentenced to three years in prison for writing prescriptions that mixed powerful painkillers into narcotic cocktails that killed at least four of her patients, officials said, Verna M. Lewis, 70, pleaded guilty last...

Death sentence removed over inmate's mental disability claim

Nov. 18, 2021 19:00 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate will no longer face execution over the slayings of a mother and daughter more than 30 years ago because of claims that he is intellectually disabled, a prosecutor announced Thursday. Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 08, 2021 09:14 AM EST

Akron Beacon Journal. Nov. 7, 2021. Editorial: Fire the politicians. Ohio needs a new independent redistricting system before 2025 We hoped reforms Ohioans overwhelmingly supported in 2015 and 2018 would discourage political gerrymandering that splits...

California nurse charged in death of inmate at county jail

Nov. 04, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A nurse at a county jail in California was charged with involuntary manslaughter Thursday after being accused of walking away from a 24-year-old inmate who collapsed in front of her on a cell floor before she died. Danalee Pascua faces up to four years...

COVID-19 inmate cases soar at North Dakota state prison

Nov. 02, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State corrections officials say coronavirus cases involving inmates at the North Dakota State Penitentiary have soared to the highest number to date in the pandemic. North Dakota Department of Corrections officials said that out of more than 525...

US prisons face staff shortages as officers quit amid COVID

Nov. 01, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

At a Georgia state House of Representatives hearing on prison conditions in September, a corrections officer called in to testify, interrupting his shift to tell lawmakers how dire conditions had become. On a “good day,” he told lawmakers, he had maybe six or seven...

Trial to begin over health care for 27K Arizona prisoners

Oct. 30, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the quality of health care for more than 27,000 people incarcerated in Arizona’s prisons is headed to trial Monday after a 6-year-old settlement resolving the case was thrown out by a judge who concluded the state showed little interest in making many...