Q&A: Engineering a Top Jail Health Care Facility

By Lindsey Coulter
(07/22/2015)
In recent years, the line between correctional facilities and mental health facilities has blurred. Jails and prisons are now some of the largest de facto mental health providers in the country, and many county jails in dense metro areas are seeing more inmates in need of mental health services. However, as inmate populations age, providing both basic and more advanced medical care is also becoming a major concern.

California Regains Oversight of Folsom State Prison


(07/22/2015)
Oversight of Folsom State Prison’s (FSP) medical services is once again in the hands of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), according to a July 14 statement by the CDCR.

Wisconsin Prison to Build New Health Unit


(06/10/2015)
The Wisconsin State Building Commission earlier this month approved $6.47 million for the construction of a new and improved health care facility at the Columbia Correctional Institution (CCI) in Portage.

Corizon Cancels Virginia Contract, Armor Steps In


(08/20/2014)
Corizon Health of Brentwood, Tenn. will terminate its contract with the Virginia Department of Corrections effective Sept. 30.

California Judges Rule on Inmate Health Care Suit


(03/11/2014)
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an inmate who sued the state for damages for denial of health care.

Maine to Examine Prison Health Care


(03/05/2014)
Concerns over prison health care have prompted Maine legislators to approve an Office of Program Evaluation & Government Accountability (OPEGA) review of the state’s prison health system. The Legislative Oversight Committee announced its decision after receiving a joint letter from several agencies outlining poor inmate health care experiences.

Medicaid a Possible Solution to Prison Health Costs


(10/30/2013)
According to a report released Oct. 29, states can lower prison health care costs by expanding Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act. The report also highlighted outsourcing and other measures for health care cost reductions.

Florida Judge Limits Privatization of Prison Health Care


(12/18/2012)
A judge in Florida blocked efforts by the state’s Department of Corrections to privatize the delivery of health care in its prisons in an early December ruling.