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NCJ Number: 128018 Find in a Library
Title: Bad Medicine Imperils Federal Inmates: Staff Shortages, Crowding Hurt Quality of Care
Journal: Dallas Morning News  Dated:(June 25-30, 1989)
Author(s): O Talley
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 43
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These six articles examine medical and surgical care in prisons operated by the United States Bureau of Prisons based on a review of internal memoranda and documents; documents from nearly 900 lawsuits; and interviews with more than 100 prison medical staff, inmates, lawyers, prison advocates, and Federal officials.
Abstract: The analysis showed that the medical system for Federal prisoners is hampered by severe prison overcrowding, critical shortages of medical personnel, and life-threatening delays in transfers of inmate patients to major prison hospitals. Basic health care for the inmates of the 55 Federal prisons is also thwarted by security considerations, financial constraints, bureaucratic delays, and legal problems. The result is a health care system that provides good care for many, but that sometimes creates needless suffering and death. Case examples, figures, photographs, and tables
Main Term(s): Inmate health care
Index Term(s): Federal Bureau of Prisons; Federal correctional facilities; Inmate fatalities; Medical and dental services
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