Inmates as privatized inventory: perishable goods, not durable goods

Jailhouse Medicine | FairWarning
A Private Contractor Flourishes Despite Controversy Over Inmate Deaths

A Private Contractor Flourishes Despite Controversy Over Inmate Deaths

– See more at: http://www.fairwarning.org/2015/07/jail-medical-care/#sthash.EUD4f3dh.dpuf

A Private Contractor Flourishes Despite Controversy Over Inmate Deaths

– See more at: http://www.fairwarning.org/2015/07/jail-medical-care/#sthash.EUD4f3dh.dpuf

A Private Contractor Flourishes Despite Controversy Over Inmate Deaths

– See more at: http://www.fairwarning.org/2015/07/jail-medical-care/#sthash.EUD4f3dh.dpuf

One of the most recent inmates to die under CFMG care was 33-year-old Jacob Parenti, who, according to his family, was serving a one-year term in Monterey County for a probation violation for possessing marijuana …

Vye says inmates told her that Parenti was coughing up blood for days and twice requested medical care, but was ignored until it was too late. Her family, which is suing CFMG and the county, commissioned an independent autopsy that found Parenti died of the flu. “At no point did any CFMG employee ever respond in any way to my brother’s prolonged and preventable death,” Vye said in an email.

via Jailhouse Medicine – FairWarning | FairWarning.

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The linked July 15th Fair Warning article describes two other inmates’ horrific deaths under California Forensic Medical Group’s care, and CFMG’s arrogance in the face of a having more than 80 suits filed against it since 2000.

In January, The Sacramento Bee described other deaths under CFMG’s care, naming three additional individuals.

In November of 2014, Bohemian.com described still more deaths under CFMG’s care, naming four additional individuals, but providing the cause of death for only two of them.

These suspicious inmate deaths follow along the lines of suspicious inmate deaths here in Florida and elsewhere in the nation. It a reasonable to believe that many of deaths could be prevented by hospitalizing addicted inmates until detoxification is complete, and placing the mentally ill in treatment facilities, instead of behind bars.

CFMG spoke to this issue in a comment on the Fair Warning article:

“CFMG’s doctors, nurses, behavioral health specialists and other members of our healthcare team provide care to about 13,000 California inmates and juvenile wards. The vast majority have substance abuse problems and 20% or more suffer from serious mental illness.”

As medical service prison vendors want more inmates, not fewer, they won’t initiate interactions with counties, states and feds on establishing ethical alternatives to incarcerating vulnerable populations, even though they’re aware that corrections officers first responsibility – ensuring a safe and secure facility – is being recklessly redirected to medical crises, endangering officers and inmates alike. The vendors have run the numbers – factoring in the costs of litigating and paying out damages in intentional harm and wrongful deaths suits – and know that it’s best for their bottom line to treat their inmate inventory – grossly inflated by vulnerable populations – as perishable goods, rather than durable goods.

This medical services business model is much closer to homicidal than it is to the physicians’ creed, “First, do no harm.”

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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