Latest Prisoners' health News

Florida woman in fraud case among those with Trump clemency

Feb. 18, 2020 6:53 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman convicted in a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme is among the 11 federal inmates around the nation on whose behalf President Donald Trump has taken clemency actions. Trump commuted 48-year-old Judith Negron's sentence Tuesday. Her husband, Hector Negron, sat his two...

Jerry Kruse, right, dean and provost of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, discusses SIU’s pilot project with the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide inmate health care at two prisons with Dawn DeFraties, executive director of SIU’s Office of Correctional Medicine, in this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 photo. Defraties is responsible for the health care initiative that will begin this summer, add two prisons early next year, and eventually could expand statewide. (AP Photo/John O’Connor)

SIU Medical School to pilot state prison health care

Feb. 17, 2020 5:54 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will provide health care at two state prisons in a test that could expand statewide and which could provide answers for a troubled, $180 million-a-year medical program for 40,000 inmates, officials said Monday. SIU aims to have...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Feb. 14, 2020 4:17 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Proposed ‘clean slate’ law deserves strong, but careful, consideration Hartford Courant Feb. 9 The principle behind “clean slate” laws is simple: Criminal convictions, including those for minor offenses, can follow someone their whole...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 12, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Feb. 7 The Greenwood Commonwealth on the results of a performance audit of the Mississippi Department of Transportation: A performance audit of the Mississippi Department of Transportation released this month revealed few major potential cost savings. Its biggest...

Appeals court won't reconsider inmate's gender surgery case

Feb. 11, 2020 7:07 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first circuit in the nation to order a state to pay for an inmate's gender confirmation surgery, ruling Monday that a three-judge panel decision will stand. Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the...

Lawmakers weigh mental health treatment in jails and homes

Feb. 11, 2020 2:53 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Department of Social Services is asking South Dakota lawmakers to allow criminal defendants who have been found mentally unfit for trial to be treated in jails or their homes. The state agency said courts are increasingly finding that criminal defendants are incapable of...

Sheriff seeks help for inmate; mental health system 'broken'

Feb. 10, 2020 3:46 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A sheriff in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is using social media to plead for assistance for a mentally ill jail inmate. “We have tried over and over to get this man the help he needs. The mental health system in Michigan is broken,” Chippewa County Sheriff Michael Bitnar said on...

Virginia jail accused of failing to assist with death probe

Feb. 8, 2020 2:25 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail that came under state scrutiny after the 2015 death of a mentally ill man is now being accused of failing to cooperate with an investigation into three other inmate deaths. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the state Board of Corrections sent a sternly worded...

Kansas prisons plan for geriatric care as inmates get older

Feb. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Cody Carter, who leads a non-denominational Christian ministry at Lansing Correctional Facility, sees first-hand what happens as inmates age behind bars. “I do have guys in my program that have like a colostomy bag or are wheelchair bound or have seizure problems – a...

SC juvenile prison director promises to improve conditions

Feb. 6, 2020 6:25 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of South Carolina's juvenile prisons promised Thursday to work with federal officials who determined young inmates civil rights are being violated because they aren't protected from fights and assaults and are put in isolation too often. The U.S. Department of Justice...