Death Sentence: Prison healthcare costly, ineffective
Arizona taxpayers pay $125 million a year to Corizon, a company contracted to provide healthcare to Arizona’s inmate population. A 12 News investigation revealed there are questions about whether the company is driving up its profits at the expense of taxpayers.
What’s more, billing records show the Department of Corrections is spending millions more to defend itself from a 2012 class-action lawsuit filed by Perkins Coie, Jones Day, the ACLU’s National Prison Project, Arizona Center for Disability Law, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, and the Prison Law Office out of Berkeley, Calif.
James Copeland had dementia and kidney disease, and was serving time for having failed to register as a sex offender.
It was unreasonable to deem Copeland’s in-custody death an accident, given that it was known that he had become obsessed with the cap on the catheter that was necessary to treat his kidney disease, a cap that held his blood within his body until he – predictably – dislodged it, and bled out.
Please read all the information that reporter Wendy Halloran gathered on Corizon’s “care” for Arizona inmates from the article link above. It’s grizzly, but it’s need-to-know, as Corizon may be misappropriating your tax dollars (with your legislators and governor’s permission) even if you live outside Arizona – they have @530 contracts nationwide: