The Latest from The CJ Project: Patchwork health care for reservation inmates raises concern


SCAT-Center.jpegIn the latest from The CJ Project, Mary Hudetz reports on the lack of in-house nurses and medical staff at reservation jails, leaving corrections officers to scramble in emergencies to determine whether to send an inmate to the hospital or provide basic care themselves— sometimes with unfortunate consequences. Dozens of incidents have been recorded in limited detail in incident reports collected by the federal government. “You have people that are corrections officers giving people pills,” says Lynette Bonar, chief executive of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, a hospital on the Navajo Nation that regularly treats inmates transported from a nearby jail. “People aren’t really getting health care, and they’re not being screened for communicable diseases.”


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Featured photo by Mary Hudetz