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Saturday, September 26, 2009

County Jail With 100% State Rating Ignored Inmate Request For Proper Medical Care

ACLU: Lackawanna County Prison care leads Pa. in complaints

By Charles Schillinger (Staff Writer)
Times Tribune

A Lackawanna County Prison inmate made half a dozen requests seeking medical help for a severe skin condition, but was ignored until the American Civil Liberties Union intervened, an ACLU attorney said Thursday.

The inmate's condition became so severe it shocked Valerie A. Burch, an attorney with the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

"He looked like a burn victim," she said. "He had severe psoriasis all over his body. His skin was cracked and bleeding. It was immediately apparent this man was not getting the treatment he needed."

Prison advocacy group Pax Christi and the ACLU of Pennsylvania brought the case of inmate Cal Burns, 32, to light after a decision by the Lackawanna County Prison Board to negotiate a new contract with the current prison medical care provider, Correctional Care Inc.

Ms. Burch said she visited the prison in March to interview Mr. Burns. The inmate's pain was so intense, he could not sleep, Ms. Burch said. Mr. Burns submitted six requests for medical treatment over a period of several weeks, she said, but prison officials failed to respond. More...


Anonymous said...

I think we need more aclu lawyers sticking there nose in everyone's concern never have seen such a group almost a disgrace

Anonymous said...

this person was in PRISON. Its not supposed to be nice!!!

Anonymous said...

he is still a human being!!!!!! This is America right?

Anonymous said...

hang him!!

Anonymous said...

This has been an ongoing thing for many years.

Lets go back to bread and water and a place to sit your rear.

No more HBO and other luxeries.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the 11:38 post...he should have been able to see a doctor it will cost tax payers even MORE money to get the conditio under control than it would have a month ago...HOWEVER, I do agree with not providing them with TV and Internet..that's not punishing them to provide those things. Those items are NOT a necessity.