(Edited November 6, 2013)
Thanks to the ACLU-AZ et al for their on-going labor of love with Parsons v Ryan
If you have questions or complaints about AZ Department of Corrections' prisoner health care, contact them at
P.O. Box 17148
Phoenix, AZ 85011
And many thanks to Caroline Isaacs at the AFSC-Tucson for this report, below.
If you have questions about privatization of prisons or of prison health care, stopping the new Supermax, or the state of solitary confinement in Arizona, contact Matt Lowen or Caroline Isaacs at
103 N Park Ave. Suite 111
Tucson, AZ 85719
Caroline Isaacs : 520-256-4146 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : email@example.com
NEW Report: Prison Healthcare in AZ Worsens Under Private Prison Co. Corizon
50 Inmate Deaths in the First 8 Months of 2013
ARIZONA — On Wednesday, November 6th, the American Friends Service
Committee (AFSCAZ) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLUAZ) will hold
a press conference in front of the Arizona Department of Corrections
Building to coincide with the release of a new report which documents
that the same problems—delays and denials of care, lack of timely
emergency treatment, failure to provide medication and medical devices,
low staffing levels, failure to provide care and protection from
infectious disease, denial of specialty care and referrals, and
insufficient mental health treatment—have continued and, arguably,
worsened under the current for-profit healthcare contractor, Corizon.
American Friends Service Committee (AFSCAZ) and American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLUAZ) are decrying the continued deterioration of the
quality of medical care in the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC).
March of 2012, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit against ADC,
charging that prisoners in the custody of the Arizona Department of
Corrections receive such grossly inadequate medical, mental health and
dental care that they are in grave danger of suffering serious and
preventable injury, amputation, disfigurement and even death. AFSC
reports that there have been 50 deaths in Arizona Department of
Corrections custody in just the first eight months of 2013. That is a
dramatic increase from previous years. The Arizona Republic reported 37
deaths in 2011 and 2012 combined.
The report charges that the
deficiencies in quality of care are not isolated to one or two
locations or individual “bad actors,” but clearly represent system-wide
dysfunction. The report contains 14 specific case studies to illustrate
these issues, as well as extensive documentation of the administrative,
organizational, economic and political factors that are contributing to
the problem. This includes the process of privatization of medical care.
and a reissue of the Request for Proposals (RFP) made the privatization
process drag out for over two years. In the meantime, medical staffing
levels plummeted and health care spending in prisons dropped by nearly
$30 million. The departure of Wexford, followed by the award of the
contract to Corizon created additional upheaval, delays, and changes in
staff, procedures, and medications. The report concludes that
contracting out the medical care at ADC has resulted in more
bureaucracy, less communication, and increased healthcare risks for
“The Arizona Department of Corrections needs to
get its own house in order,” says report author Caroline Isaacs.
“Arizona needs to stop wasting millions of taxpayers’ dollars on
cancelled contracts and wrongful death lawsuits and take responsibility
for correcting these problems.”
For more information, please contact Caroline Isaacs at
520.623.9141 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.