Health Care in Alabama State Prisons

The Alabama Department of Corrections continues to analyze the condition of its state prisons. And, today state corrections officials are refuting a report by a human rights organization that criticizes health care in state prisons. Department Commissioner Kim Thomas said the state is proud of the health care it offers inmates and that care provided in state institutions is better than what's available to most uninsured Alabamians. A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center said the state fails to give inmates a humane level of medical care and disabled prisoners face discrimination. Thomas says representatives from the company contracted to handle health care work in state prisons have told him the SPLC report is grossly inaccurate and appears to be based on incomplete information.


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