State is sued in death of Lino Lakes prison inmate

  • Article by: Paul McEnroe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Nurses refused David Picard treatment for his severe respiratory infection.

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RudycatcalicoJan. 4, 14 7:52 PM

The State of MN needs to sue the for profit outfit that caused this problem.

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justanother1Jan. 4, 14 9:16 PM

Thumbsup to Rudycatcalico for beating me to the punch! Corrections Corporation of America---look 'em up, People.

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frostyjJan. 4, 14 9:31 PM

$1,000,000 seems to be a paltry sum for such incompetence!

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grlaceyJan. 4, 14 9:50 PM

picard was paying for what he did,but it wasnt a capital crime, i guess being in prison, and being sick is.all the people involved in not letting picard see a doctor needs to be charged.if i did something like that,the public would want my head. thank you rev gary

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rayk1800Jan. 5, 1412:29 AM

Damn scary you can't get help when you're sick. It's pretty obvious the nurse didn't do her job for whatever reason. I would sue all the way, all day.

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godiveJan. 5, 14 8:06 AM

Did you guys read that "prison officals" also denied him. These are STATE employees. Sorry but the taxpayers should not be on the hook for this. Everyone in the chain for command needs to be held personally liable.

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railroadJan. 5, 14 8:45 AM

This is the way the system works now that the prisons are gone private (for profit) the republican way.. SUE and win BIG...just because you are in jail doesnt mean you dont get ANY medical care. this is SO wrong.

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drichmnJan. 5, 14 8:54 AM

"This is the way the system works now that the prisons are gone private (for profit).. this is exactly right. They think they are going to save money by privatizing the prisons but they'll just start paying out more than what they "save" in lawsuits over substandard medical care. And these prison corporations even have monetary incentives built into their contracts if the prison population falls below a certain number. How wrong is that? So much for the Republican notion that the private sector always saves money.

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drichmnJan. 5, 14 9:00 AM

"Did you guys read that "prison officals" also denied him. " ... most likely following the medical advice of the nurses. The nurses were responsible for determining whether he needed further treatment, not the "prison officials". And the nurses have to follow the medical guidelines given to them. There was a story not too long ago about a nurse who didn't and was fired for referring the prisoner to a doctor. That eats into the profits you know. What's happening to medical care in the prison system with these for-profit corporations taking over is despicable.

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bill1fjJan. 5, 14 9:52 AM

The state should accept responsibility for its inaction. Pay up. This sounds like unintentional homicide, but homicide nevertheless. The state needs to straighten out this mess.

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