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CODE BLUE: Inadequate Healthcare for Inmates is a Lifeline to Lawsuits

Jenny Triplett, Co-Editor-in Chief of Prisonworld Magazine, was interviewed by Heart & Soul Magazine in regards to healthcare for female inmates or the lack thereof. With the recent tragic stories of women delivering babies in jails while being ignored by prisons guards making headlines across the country, it is important to examine this a little more closely. These women who have lost their babies are not the only ones suffering at the hands of correctional systems. This lack of inadequate healthcare also affects the elderly, who are growing old behind the wall at the expense of the taxpayers and also those with communicable diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis C and Staph Infections. This post shines the light on an ever growing problem across the country that needs more than a band aid in order to be repaired.

See article here: Heart Soul Women Prisoner Health (2)

The woman delivered her baby in a bathroom after complaining of severe cramping

Via – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A woman who says her newborn baby died because she received inadequate medical care while in the Cobb County jail is suing the county and sheriff’s office.

Taylor Hogan says she was 5 1/2 months pregnant when she was jailed on a charge of possession of stolen property in August 2010. On Aug. 10, 2010, Hogan delivered her baby in a bathroom after complaining of severe cramping. The baby, who Hogan named Savante, died nine hours later at a hospital. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, alleges that Hogan received inadequate medical care before and after the baby was born.

“Nobody knows how I feel to not have him with me,” Hogan told Channel 2 Action News. “I’m angry. I hear babies cry in my head. I have flashes.”

In addition to suing the county and sheriff’s office, Hogan is suing WellStar Cobb Hospital, which provides health care services for the jail. Hogan is seeking unspecified compensation. Hers is the second lawsuit filed in recent weeks in the Atlanta area by women whose babies died after they gave birth in jail.

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