|THE TROUBLE WITH THIS FUNNY |
IS IT AIN'T FUNNY
I wasn't in prison all that long (though long enough for me) and I only had to be treated once by the prison infirmary - for a head injury. I saw some doctor who I had a feeling had been found drunk in a back ally somewhere before getting the job. He didn't do much but he did stitch up my head (he was sorry that he couldn't provide a topical anesthetic). Within days my head had turned yellow and I was constantly hitting the threads left dangling with my comb when I tried to get my hair in some order. Despite the yellowing of my forehead, and the pain, and the dangling threads, I figured, I ain't going back to that doctor. So with some help from a little contraband, some fellow convicts, and my own ingenuity (and tough guy attitude), I managed to survive and to fight on another day. Ha....
So as I read the article posted below it made me a little ill. Now, I am sure there are some doctors and nurses who go into prison healthcare with the idea that they can do some good. I do believe that, but, I also believe even they can only fail. The prison administration could care less about the health of those they are lording it over and they aren't about to waste time and money on a bunch of convicts.
It's the way it is.
Private prison (and/or privatized prison healthcare concerns) , of course, are even less likely to take the healthcare of a prisoner as a concern. As long as that prisoner is filling a bed, and the money flows in, who cares what shape he or she is in. If they die, hell, there is always another poor soul out there to take the place of the dead.
The first article is from the ACLU. The second is from the Palm Beach Post via Corrections One. There is nothing in it that should come as surprise in this episode of Scissions Cops and Jails friday.