Prison Provider Says New Report 'Vindicates' Its Level of Care

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The contracted medical care provider at the Idaho State Correction Institution is pushing back against a scathing independent report with a report of its own.

The original analysis, a 94-page-report written by Dr. March Stern, a court-appointed health-care expert, pulled no punches, documenting "serious problems," that according to Stern, violated "the rights of inmates at ISCI to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment." Non-urgent care was poor and emergency care was "troubling," according to Stern. In one instance, an inmate whose X-rays revealed a lesion on his chest, was not informed of his condition for seven months, thus denying him "his basic human right to participate in his care."

"The way we treat the least powerful members in our society says a lot about our society," said Lea Cooper, American Civili Liberties Union of Idaho staff attorney. "It really gives you goose bumps."

But Tennessee-based Corizon, which provides care at the prison under a state-approved contract, commissioned its own study, which it said vindicated its level of care as "sufficiently organized and in substantial compliance."

Corrizon CEO Rich Hallworth said the new report should be considered a "complete vidication" for his company.

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