Browsing: Prison Life

suicidal.prisoner.jailer.thinkstockBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: One state’s attorney general has agreed to the appointment of a “special master” to independently oversee the state’s plan to address the routine warehousing of mentally ill individuals in jails for months at a time without evaluating their condition, much less ordering any treatment that might help them.

Essentially, the move is an admission that what the state has done to address the issue over the span of a ten-year court battle simply hasn’t worked. Westword has the story.

jeff.and.jenny.johnsonBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At 41 years old, Jeff Johnson is discovering all sorts of new wonders he’s never experienced before, like Rip Van Winkle waking from a long slumber. Sentenced to life in prison without parole for a crime that occurred when he was seventeen, then re-sentenced three weeks ago and released, he’s trying to negotiate a world that didn’t exist back in 1994 — a world of smartphones and smart cars, Google and Facebook, YouTube and #MeToo. Westword has the story.

denny.lovern.mug.shot.croppedBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The misdiagnosis of inmate Denny Lovern’s chest pains as a stomach ache essentially sentenced him to a death that was both cruel and unusual, stretching out over more than a day during which he occasionally vomited into his shirt because he was too weak to move to the toilet. And no one did anything to adequately address the magnitude of his health crisis until it was far too late. Westword has the story.

gtl.tabletBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Scarcely eighteen months after state prison authorities began distributing 19,000 “free” electronic tablets to state prisoners, the devices have been confiscated and the services they provided suspended. A Department of Corrections spokesman blamed “unforeseen security issues” for the disruption of the program. Westword has the story.

hepc.illustrationBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A state will spend $41 million over two years to provide life-saving drugs to 2,200 prisoners who’ve been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C. The move settles a class-action lawsuit brought by the ACLU, which accused the state of delaying or denying treatment for prisoners battling the potentially deadly virus because of the high cost of the medications involved. Westword has the story.

jeremy.laintz.hospitalBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A new lawsuit claims the medical staff at county detention center was so sure inmate Jeremy Laintz was faking an illness, despite plentiful evidence to the contrary, that they nearly let him die. And while he lived through his ordeal after he was placed in a medically induced coma and choppered to a major facility, he lost part of a lung, six toes and suffered other debilitating injuries that could have been prevented if he’d simply been given antibiotics a week or two earlier. Westword has the story.

george.roloff.2018.mug.shotBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: George Roloff and fellow inmate Luke Tanner escaped from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City, prompting a statewide alert. But Tanner was soon recaptured, followed a short time later by Roloff, who’d earned a sentence of more than 150 years for a bizarre crime spree he said was prompted in part by a fear of witchcraft. Westword has the story.

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