Joe Arpaio's Jails Potentially Hazardous to Your Health, whether You're in Jail or Not

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According to one nationally recognized expert in correctional medicine, medical care in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's vast incarceration complex is not just potentially hazardous to the health of pretrial detainees and jail staff, but to that of the general public.

Dr. Robert Cohen, a member of New York City's Board of Corrections and the Board of the National Commission on Health Care, is expected to testify in federal court today on behalf of the plaintiffs in Graves v. Arpaio, a jails-conditions lawsuit in federal court that stretches back decades, long before Arpaio came to power.

The basis for Cohen's testimony during a hearing at the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix is to be his November 2013 report on the care provided by the county's Correctional Health Services, which is scarier than some horror flick by M. Night Shyamalan.

Not only do county inmates "not receive adequate care," according to Cohen, deficiencies in the jails' medical system "continue to place patients at a major risk of serious harm -- which includes pain, deterioration of health, unnecessary morbidity and death."

Read Dr. Robert Cohen's recent report on medical care in Joe's jails.

Also, inadequate screening for tuberculosis unnecessarily exposes inmates, staff, and those who come in contact with them -- potentially you and me -- to infection.

MCCHS is a separate entity from the MCSO, yet the two county departments obviously work hand-in-hand.

Cohen finds the problems with health care in our jails "endemic to the entire system," and faults both the MCSO and the MCCHS for knowing of these inadequacies "for years," while not taking adequate steps to correct them.

Inmates are not properly examined for various medical conditions, do not have proper access to medication and doctors for emergency and chronic conditions, and are not properly treated for alcohol and drug withdrawal, Cohen finds.

For a public that often regards Joe's jails as hellholes for the deserving, the situation regarding tuberculosis in Arpaio's gulags should be alarming.

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inconvenienttruthstv
inconvenienttruthstv

Sheriff Joe's games will never end until he takes his last breath.  No matter what anyone may think of Jodi Arias, she is his favorite "game piece" at the moment, and his demented modus operandi knows no bounds.  In the last few days, three "jail personnel", came to Jodi's cell, and took photographs of her cell.  No explanation of any kind.  Now, that's just one odd thing. There have been many others.  I'm reminded of when Jodi's defense put in a motion regarding journals which were seized from her cell, and then a couple of days later Nancy Grace was blasting a voice over reading from unknown "Jodi's Journals".  But you see, no one in mainstream media has the balls to look at the other side of Jodi Arias and that debacle.  Because they're too busy looking at that crazy bastard's ....oh damn, I am NOT going there, but yeah, he's a distraction.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Anyone notice Arpaio wasn't on TV last night with all the other Chiefs of Police paying respect to the fallen PHX PD Detectives...

pepo_1000
pepo_1000

Arpaio is 81 years old. He is close to croaking due to his old age. This guy should be getting in peace with his Creator...but, on the contrary, he has devoted his life to show cruelty to his fellow human beings.  Wow...I wouldn't like to be in his shoes when his time comes. 


I wonder what is the persistent need to be such an a$$hole. I guess the geezers in Sun City and  Sun Lakes drool over this guy's poster. The old ladies get turned on by his nasty face.  


Arpaio's legacy is forever tarnished.  He will be remembered as a stubborn, corrupt, incompetent, racist bureaucrat till the end of time.  


vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Poor Arpaio......the sad sack Marquis De Sade of Arizona!

justiceforlen
justiceforlen

he keeps doing his ignorant publicity stunts .. American civil liberty union . STOP MAX FOR JUVENILES.OR ANY ONE AWAITING TRIAL. INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY ? OR GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT... NO JOE!!!!!

Jeff Kee
Jeff Kee

This smug asshole has got to go. "Megalomania is a psycho-pathological disorder characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence. "Megalomania is characterized by an inflated sense of self-esteem and overestimation by persons of their powers and beliefs."

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

The sheriff is an elected politician used as a media stunt man for the GOP. He is NOT a lawman.

robert_graham
robert_graham

No, it's the Democrats are hazardous to our health. Arpaio's jails are not hazardous to anybody's health. If you are worried about getting free medical care, don't break the law and you won't go to jail!

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

I have long stated that whatever happens inside a jail or prison will eventually impact the community. Public health and public safety go hand in hand - we seem to have forgotten that even though jails and prisons are usually out of sight out of mind they have a direct link to your neighborhood, schools, workplace and other places - the link is communicable diseases left untreated and people - people making contact with other people. This should be no surprise to anyone that is (or isn't) aware of the lack of medical treatment or attention given to those incarcerated and who will eventually be released either in less than a year (jail) or more (prison) but regardless- released.

Martin Strohmeyer
Martin Strohmeyer

Flip a Party! Get the radical right out of the republican party!

Captdie Steve O
Captdie Steve O

All it takes is for someone with bad lungs getting locked up, catching TB and dying because of this dirt bag..

George Rudder
George Rudder

doesnt matter.. he'll still get "voted" back in.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Where's the old man's Nazi paraphernalia?

The oil portrait of Hitler, the swastika arm band and the Nazi flag....

DNichols
DNichols

In Addition:

Throw into this inhumane treatment the many "Wrongful Deaths" of people as soon as they are brought through the doors of Arpaio's Torture Camps (aka Jails)

Scott Norberg was beaten by six of Arpaio's trained "Goons", then totally restrained in a chair a wet towell shoved down his throat to keep him from begging for his life, as the "Goons" as trained by Arpaio continued to tase this helpless human being over twenty times until he would finally die for them.

The "Goons" lied under oath claiming that this was not thier training to protect Arpaio.

Iraq War Veteran Marty Atencio who committed No Crime was also beaten, and tased multiple times until he too would die for the "Goon Squad", then they laughed at his naked dead body on the floor of the cell.

Why in the Hell is Arpaio not in Jail?!!

Arpaio's "Goon Squads" have done exactly what thier fuhrer has taught them to.

Arpaio has played Judge, Jury, and Executioner/God for many years!

Where is the "Real Justice" for Arpaio's many, many victoms, not just monetary justice?!!!

The many "Wrongful Death" Pay outs are not Justice for Arpaio!

But Arpaio is very happy that they conceal, and nearly silence the Public Anger toward him.

To: Justice.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I hope Joe gets incurable TB. D'ya hear me, Jaffy?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

When you give a politician power over the lives of unpopular people, you're not going to get justice.

The person making decisions about prisoner care should answer to responsible, thoughtful, educated people, not to the voters.


shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Like I've said many times before, including on the POS's FB page,


May Arpaio and all those who approve of his methods someday be treated with the same level of humanity as he shows to those in his custody.


Now THAT would be Karma.


Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Arputo is hazardous to everything the asshole touches or has anything to do with.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Cozz, did the second officer not make it? I'm out of state and haven't read too much about this.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@Cozz  

They probably limited participation to those in law enforcement.

bobunf
bobunf

@pepo_1000  You left out really, really expensive.  Judgments, settlements, legal and other fees and costs will ultimately cost Maricopa County something approaching $1 Billion dollars.   

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

BTW Robert, there have been more Republican presidents than Democratic presidents. 18 to be exact. The first was elected in 1860. They are:

Abraham Lincoln

Ulysses S. Grant

Rutherford B. Hayes

James A. Garfield

Chester Alan Arthur

Benjamin Harrison

William McKinley

Theodore Roosevelt

William Howard Taft

Warren G. Harding

Calvin Coolidge

Herbert Hoover

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Richard Nixon

Gerald Ford

Ronald Reagan

George H.W. Bush

George W. Bush

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO Robert, out of the 44 men to hold the office of President of the United States, 13 were Democrats. The first was elected in 1828.

They were:

Andrew Jackson

Franklin Pierce

James Buchanan

Andrew Johnson

Grover Cleveland

Woodrow Wilson

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Harry Truman

John F. Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson

Jimmy Carter

Bill Clinton

Barack Obama

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  so the guy who thinks that AIDS is a gay lifestyle only disease, and that cancer is something that you catch (like a cold or flu) is saying that the jails arent hazardous to anybodies health??  wow, thats some legit medical advice 

robert_graham
robert_graham

Then don't break the law and you will never be visited by Sheriff Joe.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Wah wah wah!  Well then they shouldn't get locked up!  Jail is not meant to be a hospital's emergency room.

DNichols
DNichols

@MaskedMagician

Arpaio probably stores them in the M.C.S.O.Taser cabinet.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@shadeaux14  When they end up in the hospitals and nursing homes needing to have their bed pans cleaned and diapers changed -- who will be left to take care of these bigoted and hateful "tyrants".  What goes around, comes around.


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@shadeaux14 wow. that was a beautifully delivered zinger. just enough words to get the point across, well delivered and accurate. that sir is one damn fine burn

bobunf
bobunf

@robert_graham  There's an awful of winners of lawsuits against the Sheriff who have that not breaking the law is no fool proof way to avoid the Mussolini of Maricopa.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@robert_graham  

A prisoner with TB passes it on to another prisoner, who passes it along to his lawyer or family.

Not everybody at risk is a bad guy, genius.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@ConcernedCitizenAZ @Dontbelieveit Media stunts? Ha! That's what Obama and his DNC are guilty of as well as those libtard idiots who thought it was cute to take chickens to Joe's office. So now, who's the media queers?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

That's good. Glad to hear the second officer is gonna make it.

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