In the United States Prison officials are obligated under the Eighth Amendment to provide prisoners with adequate medical care.
This principle applies regardless of whether the medical care is provided by governmental employees or by private medical staff under contract with the government.
Inmates have a right to health care under the Eighth Amendment against cruel and unusual punishment. It is not a right to the best possible health care. But it is a right to at least…… that level of health care that a civilized society would think necessary.
Tragically, many inmates have long been denied even that minimal level of medical and mental health care, with consequences that have been serious, and often fatal.
Inmates are forced to wait months or years for medically necessary appointments and examinations, and many receive inadequate medical care in substandard facilities.
Seriously mentally ill inmates languish in horrific conditions without access to necessary mental health care, raising the acuity of mental illness throughout the system and increasing the risk of inmate suicide. A significant number of inmates have died as a result of the failure to provide constitutionally adequate medical car
TODAY, The Insider Exclusive Investigative News team “Goes behind the headlines” …in “Profits Before People – The U.S. Prison Money Machine” to examine how, “William Bown”, who was incarcerated at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, and who after notifying multiple incompetent prison medical staff that he was suffering from extreme chest pain, and a heart attack
It took them almost 7 1/2 unnecessary hours to transport him to the Emergency Room for treatment nearby, where he suffered irreparable heart damage and almost died.
William Bown is not the first incarcerated person at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, who has suffered serious medical problems at the hands of incompetent and indifferent prison officials and contract medical providers… Who regularly dismiss the safety and welfare of inmates, which is guaranteed under the 8th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Our news team meets with William Bown’s attorney, John Robinson Partner at Robinson Stelting Welch Bramlet, LLC and their paralegal Katie Garlick, on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, so he can fully explain the multiple legal challenges in representing these types of Civil Rights cases.
They will discuss “Qualified Immunity”; “Prison Officials destruction of incriminating evidence”; “Inadequate and incompetent staffing”; and the “Problems with Private Prisons”
The Bottom line is the corporations running private prisons inevitably claim that they are saving the government money, but their true focus is on protecting their own bottom lines. In order to lower operating costs, these facilities cut corners, hiring fewer employees and are paying and training them less.
This is a true but tragic and shocking story of corporate greed, and it’s a story that has to change.
You can contact John Robinson at https://rsw-law.com/ 307 733 7703