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The Daily Star | 11.05.2017

State struggles to provide prison health care

ALBANY — New York’s complex of 54 state prison facilities is struggling to fill vacant jobs for nurses, doctors and other health care providers. Filling those vacancies and dealing with an aging prison population at facilities across the state have become among the tallest challenges for the $3 billion correctional system, top administrators concede.Read More

The Body.com | 10.12.2016

How Does Incarceration Impact the Spread of HIV?

Baltimore has one of the higher HIV rates among U.S. cities. It’s also the city that one-third of the people in Maryland’s state prisons call home. What do the two have to do with each other? A lot, according to “The Global Burden of HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Tuberculosis in Prisoners and Detainees”, a recent study on HIV and incarceration worldwide.Read More

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Auburnpub.com | 04.14.2016

Aging prisoners a taxpayer burden

I doubt if the readers of this newspaper are aware that the population of older people behind bars has become a national crisis! In New York state the number of incarcerated people over age 50 has risen 81 percent since 2000 and now exceeds 9,000. That’s almost 20 percent the total incarcerated population and the majority of them, over the age of 60.Read More

POZ | 11.11.2015

What Do Women in State Prisons Think About Their HIV Services?

Women in New York State prisons want more peer-based services and increased confidentiality in regards to their health information, according to HIV-specific findings of a report released by the Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association of New York (CA). Titled HIV Services for Women in New York State Prisons, the report is part of a five-year study on the state of reproductive health care for women in New York State prisons.Read More

The Body | 10.27.2015

When HIV Meds Are Locked Up: The Challenge of Adherence in Jails and Prisons

  Kerry Thomas already knew that he was HIV-positive when he entered the Idaho State Correctional Center (ISCC) in Boise. So did prison officials, both from his health records from a previous prison term and from the publicity of his HIV criminalization case. When he arrived, however, prison medical staff said that they did not have his antiretroviral medications and were unsure when they would be able to provide them.Read More

In These Times | 09.29.2015

U.S. Prisons and Jails Are Threatening the Lives of Pregnant Women and Babies

At 5 a.m. on June 12, 2012, lying on a mat in a locked jail cell, without a doctor, Nicole Guerrero gave birth. Guerrero was eight-and-a half months pregnant when she arrived 10 days earlier at Texas’ Wichita County Jail. The medical malpractice lawsuit Guerrero has filed—against the county, the jail’s healthcare contractor, Correctional Healthcare Management, and one of the jail’s nurses, LaDonna Anderson—claims she began experiencing lower back pain, cramps, heavy vaginal discharge and bleeding on June 11.Read More

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource | 09.11.2015

Hepatitis C is Common in Prisons, but Treatment Is Rare

For many years, people with HIV and their advocates fought to increase HIV testing and treatment for prisoners. Over time, access to testing and treatment has improved, though problems remain. For example, very few jails or prisons make condoms available as an HIV-prevention tool. Although U.S. prisons now offer routine screenings for HIV, they do not for hepatitis C, meaning that people may unknowingly live with, spread or be exposed to the virus for years.Read More

The New York Times | 04.10.2015

Restraint of Pregnant Inmates Is Said to Persist in New York Despite Ban

Maria Caraballo and her daughter EstrellaPhoto Credit: Christopher Gregory for the New York Times. If you go by the official records of the New York State prison system, Tina Tinen’s account of being shackled right before and immediately after the birth of her son is fiction. But the real world has never lived just in official records, no more than it dwells only in anecdotes.Read More

RH Reality Check | 03.31.2015

Deprived of Care, Incarcerated Women Suffer Miscarriages, Stillbirths, Ectopic Pregnancies

On the morning of September 11, 2011, Krystal Moore thought she was dying. Sharp pain stabbed at her stomach, so much so that she curled up into a fetal position on her bed. She didn’t know what was happening. Though she was pregnant, she was only six months along, not nearly ready to give birth.Read More

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El Diario New York | 03.07.2015

Una vida dedicada a las presas y sus derechos

“Algunas de las mujeres con las que hablamos nos relataron cómo dieron a luz con grilletes en sus muñecas o sus tobillos, encadenadas durante el parto, imagínate. Otras fueron esposadas durante el embarazo con esas ´black boxes´ o cajas negras que debían cargar arriba de la barriga,” relata indignada esta doctora boricua que entrevistó a casi 1,000 presas en distintas cárceles de NY.Read More