The Parson v. Ryan saga continues to drag on for nearly five years. Before retirement in June, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Duncan issued a series of orders in response to a lack of progress from the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Corizon.
In a statement, CEO of Corizon Health Stephen Rector said the court failed to recognize his company’s progress after Duncan’s ruling to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the prison healthcare process.
Duncan fined the state $1.4 million in June for failing to meet healthcare standards. Read this previous Hertel Report post for more information on the ruling.
State attorneys filed a motion to stay Duncan’s August orders including the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee inmate care.
The attorney’s argued the judge’s orders, “require the appointment of several experts to micro-manage nearly every aspect of inmate healthcare, the implementation of detailed plans that will drastically alter the delivery of healthcare services throughout the prison system, and the compilation of exhaustive performance-measure data indefinitely.”
To comply with Duncan’s orders would result in “an extraordinary administrative burden on ADC and Corizon staff and prison operations, at significant expense to the taxpayers,” argued attorneys for the state.
One of the major issues within the case was Corizon’s understaffing of clinics; a previously implemented performance measure called for inmates to be seen within 24 hours of an urgent need. It’s a measure that the state prison in Florence has already failed to meet.
According to recent court filings, Corizon and the state are still failing to meet various healthcare performance measures, state attorneys attributed the noncompliance to staff turn-over.
The state’s action plan is to hire more nurses.
The case is now in the court of Judge Roslyn Silver.
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