Latest Prisoners' health News

Working on drug recovery inside correctional facilities

Sep. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Hope can be hard to come by for Patricia Branley but while attending a recent Turning Point training for recovery coaches, she learned of a program available to incarcerated people in all six correctional facilities. She has now encouraged her son, who is expected to remain in jail...

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

Sep. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Benjamin Wash had a long history of drug addiction and had tried to kill himself at least once before he was booked into the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia on Nov. 28, 2017. But somehow, he was able to hang himself with a bedsheet two days after he was detained. Wash was one of 51...

Nebraska inmate being treated for illness dies in prison

Sep. 12, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska prison officials say a 55-year-old inmate serving life for murder has died in a Lincoln prison while being treated for a medical condition. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Thursday in a news release that Donald Waldner died Wednesday night at the...

Report: New Mexico wants inmate medical report kept secret

Sep. 9, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Corrections has spent the last six months fighting the release of a 2014 report faulting the agency for not monitoring its inmate medical care contract, a report said. The document is part of a whistleblower lawsuit filed by the department's former...

Former police chief's daughter sues over jail medical care

Sep. 9, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The daughter of a former St. Louis police chief alleges in a lawsuit that she wasn't taken to a hospital for 24 hours after slipping in a jail shower and fracturing her leg. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the federal suit filed Thursday says Aimie Mokwa-Goodrich was jailed as...

Inmates: Court should take control of health care in prisons

Sep. 6, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Inmates have asked a federal judge to take over health care operations in all state-run prisons in Arizona and appoint an official to run medical and mental health services due to the state's repeated failure to improve the care. Attorneys representing 34,000 inmates said in a filing Friday...

Sheriff investigates jail inmate's death in New Mexico

Aug. 30, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate at a southern New Mexico jail died after becoming ill and collapsing in his cell. The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating the death of 47-year-old Zachary Barela. He had been jailed for a year and 10 months. The Office of the Medical...

Woman who gave birth alone in Denver jail cell files lawsuit

Aug. 29, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A woman who gave birth alone in her jail cell in Denver is suing the city after deputies and nurses allegedly ignored her pleas for help during about five hours of labor. Clips of silent surveillance video released by her lawyer show Diana Sanchez eventually lying down on a narrow bed, crying...

Mental health treatment sought for man who climbed furnace

Aug. 28, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A man who climbed atop a rusting, disused blast furnace, prompting evacuation of an arts and entertainment venue at the site, will remain in prison amid negotiations over providing him with mental health treatment, authorities said Wednesday. Defense attorney Rory Driscole said at a...

72-year-old Wyoming prison inmate dies from illness

Aug. 28, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Corrections says a 72-year-old inmate serving a life sentence for second-degree murder has died from a lengthy illness. The agency says Alan J. Suliber died Tuesday at the Banner Health Community Hospital in Torrington. KGAB-AM reports that Suliber was an...