Latest Prisoners' health News

Ex-ambulance service owner gets probation in fraud case

Jan. 28, 2022 11:48 AM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The former owner of a northwest Indiana ambulance service has avoided prison after pleading guilty in a health care fraud case that cost the government of millions of dollars. A federal judge in Hammond sentenced Basil Ubanwa, 63, on Thursday to 12 months of...

Senators say they were denied full access to federal prison

Jan. 26, 2022 17:35 PM EST

Two U.S. senators said Wednesday that they were denied access to parts of a federal prison in Connecticut while trying to examine conditions there in response to correctional officers' complaints about a staffing shortage and lack of coronavirus precautions. Concerns about the spread...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jan. 24, 2022 14:49 PM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Jan. 23, 2022. Editorial: Nebraska has much work to do before it contemplates a new prison Nebraska is spending prodigiously on its prisons: Over the past decade, costs increased 51%, from $179.8 million in 2011 to $272.3 million last year. We’re...

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'...