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  •  prison has great health care (6+ / 0-)

    My son is a correction officer in Md and he has shown me the book of rights prisoners have, better than the average  poor persons.
    They are guaranteed health care for the  duration of incarceration.

    •  They deserve it, but so does everyone.n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    •  They are many people who would take up on (1+ / 0-)
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      that offer...

      They are guaranteed health care....  

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 08:07:17 AM PST

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    •  one caveat to offer there (8+ / 0-)

      is that some states have privatized or are seeking to privatize their prison health care systems, often resulting in worse care and higher costs, in spite of the promised savings. Florida for example has been trying to sneak privatization in.

      Privatization of health care for nearly 100,000 inmates was billed as a way to cut costs, in part because prison officials anticipated the private companies would offer less benefits to their workers. But studies in other states have shown that private prisons actually cost the state more, while enabling “inhumane” conditions and prompting allegations of preventable deaths. Privatization of the prison system has also incentivized private corporations to lobby for policies that incarcerate more Americans. The United States already has the world’s highest incarceration rate.

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      by tytalus on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 08:16:23 AM PST

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    •  Not necessarily. Federal prisons, probably, but (1+ / 0-)
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      the states are a mish mash. Oregon doesn't cover anything and charges inmates for everything from Motrin,(generic), to a fee for anytime they are seen. They're charged up front for dental care, before they will treat, unless the inmate is literally bleeding to death, (honest to Pete, it specifies that the situation has to be life threatening). And there are chronic complaints that psych patients are not medicated or overseen as their conditions require,(the DoJ just had a big thing when their investigation of Portland PD found them grossly lacking in the care and handling of mentally ill citizens and inmates).

      You can still die of preventable or manageable illnesses in Oregon jails, and if there is a mental health diagnosis, then you're pretty much guaranteed to not receive proper treatment. They don't employ psych techs or anyone with mental health training in the smaller jails, not sure how the state prison system is staffed.

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      by FarWestGirl on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:57:23 PM PST

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