Inmate: 'I felt like they were trying to kill me'

  • Article by: PAUL McENROE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 12, 2012 - 12:08 PM

Lapses in prison medical care have produced tragic results for inmates.

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west336Nov. 10, 1211:15 PM

I'm tired of doctors trying to play "good vs. bad" instead of just doing their job and healing the sick and injured. The best thing for a doctor to do is to ignore the person/personality and focus 100% on the patient in terms of his/her ailments, with zero bias. It's not just stories like these, although this one in particular is very disturbing. Everyday people are treated by doctors as if they had some alterior agenda, not really wanting to feel better at all. Why do so many doctors feel it's necessary to judge what people are TRULY feeling? Just treat what you see, and treat what you know. If this guy was having a blood clot in his spine, it'd be OBVIOUS....not an act. I have a high respect for doctors but this area in particular is a major problem for almost all doctors -- customer care and bed side manners.

jaynedrakeNov. 10, 1211:18 PM

Really great community standards are taking place in Minnesota prisons. Frankly, I think that the Corrections Commissioner ought to be fired along with his aides. At the same time, the doctors and nurses involved in the improper care of inmates should be fired. Also, how about prosecution? And the health care company contracted with for this lousy care should be let go. Inmates should expect good, respectful care, just like every other Minnesotan is expected to get. Lawmakers, Prosecutors and other attorneys: get busy, please, ensuring inmates get good care.

ellisdNov. 10, 1211:58 PM

None of the stories here sound like the community standard of care. With the giant case loads of the very few medical staff members, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often.

akh1976Nov. 11, 1212:09 AM

I work in a correctional facility in Minnesota. Portraying that the inmates do not recieve proper medical treatment is ridiculous. We send inmates to emergency rooms on a daily basis not because they suffering serious medical issues but simply to avoid liability. Every person working here and every inmate housed here knows the first time corrections staff makes a mistake it will result in a lawsuit. As a result every case of heartburn is treated like a heart attack and every minor headache is treated like a potential stroke and there is a "merry go round" of ambulances running between our facility and the hospitals. What happened to Mr. Thomas is terrible but to write a story portraying the medical care inmates recieve by correctional staff is negligent is just poor journalism.

rayk1800Nov. 11, 12 2:04 AM

Sounds like the 'Prison standard of care', not the community. If corrections doesn't want to take care of prisoners health, they should pay through the nose again and again until it's more expensive to not take the proper care.

marv62Nov. 11, 12 5:45 AM

I guess the lesson here should be. If you want to avoid the prison's medical staff, don't commit a crime. Does anybody think these inmates give a thought about the rights of their victims? I'm guessing not!!

cdjohnsoNov. 11, 12 6:09 AM

Accountability is the only way to make the system fair to 1) patient 2)provider...Corizon and 3) payer...Mn Correctional System. Corizon has no incentive to meet minimum standards of quality until/unless they are held responsible for the millions of dollars in court settlements that result from wrongful death suits. The contract between Corizon and Mn Corrections should reflect the true cost of doing business. Does the $28 million Corizon conract make it impossible to meet that standard? Or is Corizon cheating patients to cut corners to merely increase their profit margin? The article doesn't provide this info...and investigation should.

elementxNov. 11, 12 7:28 AM

Regardless of their crimes, people in correctional facilities deserve proper treatment and safety.

thecynic5712Nov. 11, 12 7:53 AM

Having seen a similar situation with a relative in a county jail, this comes as no surprise. This article, unfortunately, is spot on

Jakein08Nov. 11, 12 7:54 AM

It is hard to blame the current commissioner for the failings of his predecesors. This system was in place since 1988, he became commissioner in 2011. Fix the problems and move on. Yes, inmates deserve medical treatment when needed, they are human beings.


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