Latest Prisoners' health News

Sheriff agrees to improve jail conditions to settle lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2022 11:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia sheriff has agreed to improve jail conditions for women with serious mental illness to settle a lawsuit alleging that prolonged solitary confinement and unsanitary conditions risked causing them serious psychological harm. Lawyers who visited the South...

North Dakota prison system feeling impact of omicron variant

Jan. 20, 2022 13:16 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota corrections officials say the state's prisons have been hit hard by the coronavirus omicron variant. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says active COVID-19 cases total 151, more than double last Friday's total and infecting about...

NJ requires shot for health care workers, ending test option

Jan. 19, 2022 17:06 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will require health care workers and employees in nursing homes and prisons to get fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, dropping an option to either get the shot or be tested, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday. Murphy announced the new...

Freed Missouri inmate sues over medical care in prison

Jan. 18, 2022 13:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care for Missouri prison inmates. Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC...

A year after SC inmate's death, family still seeking charges

Jan. 13, 2022 18:25 PM EST

The family of a mentally ill Black man who died after South Carolina jail employees repeatedly stunned him and then kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing is still seeking criminal charges a year later. Relatives for Jamal Sutherland have repeatedly asked South Carolina...

4 Arkansas inmates sue jail, doctor for receiving ivermectin

Jan. 13, 2022 14:18 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Four inmates at a northwest Arkansas jail sued the facility and its doctor Thursday after they said were unknowingly prescribed ivermectin to treat COVID-19 despite health officials' warnings that the anti-parasitic drug shouldn't be used for that purpose. ...

Nebraska prison official accused of inmate sexual abuse

Jan. 12, 2022 16:18 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An assistant warden in the Nebraska prison system was arrested on charges alleging that she sexually abused an inmate. The Nebraska State Patrol on Tuesday arrested Sarah Nelson Torsiello, an assistant warden at the Department of Correctional Services'...

Church shooting survivor gives scholarships to prison nurses

Jan. 04, 2022 17:46 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One of the survivors of a racist massacre at an African American church in South Carolina has started giving out scholarships from her foundation to students who want to provide health care to prisoners. Polly Daniels Sheppard set aside money from speaking...

California prisons fight virus outbreaks amid staff concerns

Dec. 30, 2021 16:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With a new and more infectious coronavirus variant sweeping California, attorneys representing inmates say violations of health orders by prison staff risk a repeat of the outbreaks that killed dozens in the first year of the pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom's...

Attorneys praise judge's order to boost Alabama prison staff

Dec. 29, 2021 16:59 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys for inmates praised a sweeping ruling issued Monday by a federal judge that will require Alabama's prison system to make changes in inmate mental health care. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a sometimes scathing 600-page opinion that...