Dozens of allegations of widespread problems in the Arizona Department of Corrections' health care system were made public yesterday.
The claims come from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona's big class-action lawsuit against the state prison system, which claims that the ADC's health care services are wholly inadequate (to say the least), and is slated to go to trial this fall.
These new reports are from ACLU witnesses in the case, including several doctors and a longtime prison administrator, who got an up-close look at specific health-care issues in the prison system.
"The state is claiming that these are isolated incidents and these don't reflect the system as a whole, but these experts reports show that's simply untrue," ACLU of Arizona executive director Alessandra Soler tells New Times.
As one of the experts, Dr. Robert Cohen, described it in one of his reports, "[T]he ADC health care delivery system is fundamentally broken and is among the worst prison health care systems I have encountered."More »