Breakfast 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.
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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: According to attorney Iris Etyan, her state has been warehousing the mentally ill in jails for months at a time without bothering to evaluate their condition or ordering any treatment that might help them. Even worse, she says, the situation has dragged on for years. Westword has the story.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Jeffrey Lillis was a former heroin addict who died of pneumonia in county jail. The case is one of three current complaints in the state regarding inmate deaths at facilities that contract health-care services to private corporations attorney David Lane accuses of putting profits ahead of proper care. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The life of inmate Lindsay Saunders-Velez, a nineteen-year-old transgender woman, has been a living hell since she was transferred from a center for juvenile females to a men’s prison. Even though she’s been raped twice in a matter of months, Department of Corrections officials refuse to transfer her to a female institution or even back to her previous pod at the men’s facility, where she had friends who supported her. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At least two things are clear about Jonathan Upah’s situation: He is currently being held in a major city jail, and he’s mentally ill. But the way that these two issues interact is very much in dispute. Tom Upah says he’s been told by his son and at least one person involved in his case that after being diagnosed, Jonathan was kept in solitary confinement for 23 out of 24 hours each day. In contrast, a jail spokesperson says there is no solitary confinement at the facility and stresses that while mentally ill inmates may be isolated in special housing units while they’re in crisis if they’re deemed to be dangerous, personnel make every effort to return them to regular units as soon as possible after their condition improves. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A new lawsuit maintains that employees at a county jail knew 31-year-old inmate Jacqueline Bickford was suicidal but ignored her medical needs for days prior to her death by hanging inside her cell. It’s at least the third suit this decade against the county over alleged institutional misconduct at the facility, with the previous two resulting in big payouts. Westword has the story.