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Class-action status won in suit over prison care

A handful of Arizona prison inmates who sued the state over the quality of health care at the state’s prisons won class-action status that lets other prisoners join the case.

The class is defined in an order Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Neil Wake as prisoners who are or will be subjected to untimely access to care, a failure to receive necessary medication, an insufficient health staff, a failure to provide care for chronic diseases and other alleged failures.

The prisoners pushing the lawsuit also won subclass status for all prisoners who are or will be put in isolation in a cell for 22 hour or more each day at five prison units.

Prison officials have denied the lawsuit’s allegations that the medical care for inmates is grossly inadequate.

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4 comments

  1. All the lawmakers and elected law enforcement officials should be required to ‘intern” at the state prisons and jails for a minimum of 6 months. Then and only then, would they reform Arizona’s poorly written criminals laws and policies that put ALL at risk for being thrown into the broken criminal justice system that leads to jails and prison facing great risk, harm and possible death.

    The legislators and elected officials, the Governor and AZ Dept. of Corrections Director have been ignoring the exploding crisis for years. Anyone else at the top would have been fired. But then Arizona’s officials are TOO BIG to fail, while the clueless taxpayers are forced to pick up the tab.

    Arizona does NOT need more new private prison corporation prisons. They need to accept responsibility for what they have and FIX IT or stop criminalizing ordinary activities to “grow” the prison population.

    The legislators are responsible for the mass incarceration of Arizona’s people. Former Judge Rudy Gaerber addressed you several years ago (2009/2010) at the House Sentencing Committee hearings and admonished you at the time. You responded by letting all the recommended sentencing bills by Rep. Cecil Ash die. These bills had the input of many concerned people in the industry and citizens. You chose to look the other way. The prosecutors fought like “prosecutor lobbyists” to defeat this much needed reform. Why?

    You all have blood on your hands. Don’t know how you sleep nights.

  2. A Brutal Prison Culture » peoplesworld

    http://www.peoplesworld.org/a-brutal-prison-culture/

    “Some writers have compared the U.S. sexual humiliation of prisoners in Iraq with Maricopa County, Ariz., where Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s made male prisoners parade around in pink female underwear. The person selected by Attorney General John Ashcroft to train prison guards in Iraq, Lane McCotter, was pushed out of his position as head of the Utah prison system in 1997 because of scandalously brutal conditions under his watch, which led to the death of a mentally ill prisoner who had been chained up naked for 16 hours. It is simply not believable that Ashcroft and others in the Bush administration did not know about McCotter’s background. Anyone who is up for an important government position these days is very carefully screened by the FBI. The Bush administration must not have cared, or perhaps they saw the brutality in McCotter’s resume as a “plus.”

  3. I was wondering if it is too late to join in the class action suit and who do I contact to do so? I am a former inmate from the ADC and almost died from being neglected and misdiagnosed by Complex Medical (ADC Medical). I was rush to medical 5 times and still denied the trip to County Hospital. It finally took two of my fellow inmates to complain to the Lt. that no one was helping me or checking on me and if he didn’t do something…I was going to die in my bed. I was a short timer and being housed in the Tents on Santa Maria yard. Over the winter I got the flu twice, which developed into pneumonia. Both my lungs filled with fluid and collapsed. I was repeatedly told it as my gallbladder and gallstones. I was in intensive care for over 6 weeks and had major surgery . The first words out of the doctors mouth when I returned to ADC was “Oops,,,sorry I misdiagnose You,” And then was given the lame excuse that they didn’t have the equipment to find out why I was sick like The County Hospital did. I had asked when I was in the ER what equipment was used and was told an ultrasound and an x-ray,,,both of which could’ve been done at the prison since the have both of those machines. Anyways,,,can someone please let me know if I can still join the lawsuit and who should I contact to do so?

  4. On 11-20-11 my nephew who is still in prison requested to go to HSU for a rash in had noticed on his forehead back and muscles felt like they were bruised. A day or two went by and still had not been called to HSU and by that time he severe burning,bleeding,ears collyflowered face was swollen eyes practically swollen shut. A silver dollar lump on back of his neck,put in another request and things had gotten much worse eventually Rudy was seen by things were very bad he was seen by a RN who was told she could only treat him for the rash. well to make a long story short he got so bad that he could no longer walk go to the bathroom by himself other inmates helped him when they could because they were told they were not allowed to help him. Eventually he was laying in his bed choking on his own saliva. Another inmate let staff know and he was seen by nurse Rudy told her she needed to go to hospital and he was told he could not go to hospital unless he was having a heartattack.He was eventually taken to a hospital sent back rushed there again where he spent the next 3 months in a hospital and almost DIED. I have tons of doucements,comments from DOCTORS who helped him.Rudy himself has doctors and nurses names that are willing to testify on his behalf we just need someone to help us make these people TAKE RESPONSIBLY for there actions. Please can someone send me a address for an attorney that I can send these documents to and have them review. Thank you for your time there is so much more to this that I think you would be very intrested.

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