Mich. Prison System Held in Contempt of Court
A federal judge in Michigan has found the state's the DOC in contempt of court. He ordered DOC to provide more prison doctors and nurses within four months. He's threatened the DOC with a $2 million fine.
He said a prisoner deserves to serve his sentence, not face delays in treatment.
"What he does not deserve is a de facto and unauthorized death penalty at the hands of a callous and dysfunctional health care system that regularly fails to treat life-threatening illness," Enslen wrote.
This isn't the Judge's first ruling taking the DOC to task.
Last month, Enslen issued a separate decision criticizing the state's care of mentally ill inmates and ordering the state to stop using non-medical, punitive restraints on prisoners.
The judge's decision came after a 21-year-old mentally ill inmate died in August after spending four days naked inside a hot, isolated cell at the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility in Jackson. An autopsy determined the inmate, Timothy Joe Souders, died accidentally of hyperthermia and dehydration.
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