October 2, 2019

Inmates pay high price for Florida’s slow pace toward criminal justice reform [Sun Sentinel]

As Florida slows down on criminal justice reform efforts that would help reduce the overall inmate population, the physical and mental well-being of inmates, along with their rehabilitation, are once again in peril.

This time, the Florida Department of Corrections is appealing to a federal court to be allowed to stop treatment for inmates with early-stage Hepatitis C. State corrections officials argue that the Eighth Amendment, which forbids cruel and unusual punishment, does not require the agency to provide high-cost treatment for inmates who have early-stage Hep C.

This latest move came almost three years after a Florida judge found that DOC had been “deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs” of inmates and mandated that treatment be provided.

Read more on sunsentinel.com

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