by Andrew Crisp
The health care at an Idaho prison has been deemed "cruel and unusual punishment" and "neglect" in a new report released by the Associated Press today.
According to the document, Dr. Marc Stern, a health care expert, said that inmates in terminal or long-term care at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise have been subjected to errors that have likely resulted in more than one death. One inmate was not informed for seven months that he had cancer.
The result of a lawsuit brought by the prison's inmates, Stern was appointed to study the care provided at the prison. The AP reported that the Idaho Department of Correction and Brentwood, Tenn.-based Corizon Health plan to issue a response that addresses the allegations.
While Corizon provides all of Idaho's state-run prisons with medical care, this report focuses only on the Boise prison.