Arizona Public Radio turned up the heat in an investigative report and later a federal judge called for a hearing for February 9 to investigate the report’s allegations.
During a status hearing of Parsons v. Ryan last week (December 20) Magistrate Judge David Duncan referred to the KJZZ report which cited a former prison doctor who alleges her request for medical treatment for inmates were repeatedly denied.
Corizon health is a privately owned correctional healthcare company. In 2015, the State of Arizona and Corizon settled a lawsuit (Parsons v. Ryan) over poor health conditions and agreed to a list of stipulations to improve care for prisoners in its care. In the past five years, more than 660 lawsuits have been filed against Corizon, which contracts with more than 500 jails and prisons across 20 states.
The KJZZ report interviewed Dr. Jan Watson, who worked at Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman in Florence, and the daughter of an inmate who died of skin cancer while he was incarcerated.
Read an editorial from Tucson.com that includes a prisoner’s first-hand account of the treatment he received for bipolar disorder while incarcerated in Tucson.
The Idaho Statesman is also now reporting that The Idaho Department of Corrections and Corizon Health are now named in a new lawsuit brought by a prisoner who claims he had to swallow a razor blade to get the hospital treatment he needed for a flesh-eating bacteria that resulted in the amputation of his leg.