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Resource ID: #18726
Subject: Prisons
Source: American-Statesmen (Austin, Texas)
Date: 2001-12-16



The American-Statesmen reports on the health care failures of the Texas prison system. The series reveals that - even though the state has hired the University of Texas' medical school to provide care for sick convicts for $297 million a year - the prisons continue to have "deadly inadequacies" in their medical care. "The care is so bad that prisoners angle to join medical experiments that will take them away from prison infirmaries," the investigation reveals. On the other hand, there is evidence that some prisoners have seen both the best and the worst of health care. Some of the difficult cases have been handled with "real-world ferocity" by university doctors, but prisoners have also been left to starve to death in infirmaries and prison clinics operated by the university.

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