Prison & Jail Health Care / Death Consulting for Families
The issues the Institute addresses specific to jail and prison health care and death are multifaceted.
They do not involve one agency or one group of people but many different entities—state and federal
departments of correction, law enforcement agencies, medical examiner and coroner systems, medical
personnel, contracted health care providers, the funeral home industry, politicians, the legal profession,
and you, the family member and voter. The Institute’s focus centers around medical and mental health care
delivered to inmate patients. That health care is delayed, denied and misrepresented in pursuit of cost
containment. Thousands upon thousands of inmate patients incur permanent medical disabilities or die due
to these cost containment measures.
- Broken bones are ignored and not set
- Stage IV wounds are not treated
- Diabetes is grossly mismanaged
- Heart conditions are treated with Maalox
- Cancers are treated with Robitussin
- Amputations are performed due to gangrene
- Medications are withheld
- Wrong medications are given
- Blindness results due to untreated brain tumors
- Asthma becomes a death sentence
- Staph infections are treated as the flu
- Mental heath drugs are denied to punish behavior; behavior that results from withheld medications—the very medications needed to control behavior being punished
- Death certificate cause and manner of death are not accurately assessed
- Sub-standard, state ordered autopsies are the norm not the exception
This pattern of health care is not new; it has been in place since the 70s and has become increasingly worse. Regardless of the thousands upon thousands of news articles, investigative reports and videos taken of these medical abuses, the situation has not improved nor is it likely to do so in the future for very specific reasons.
The goal since the 70s and continuing on to today is only one: that of cost containment. And that is aggressively and relentlessly pursued and achieved by giving the façade of adequate health care without ever providing it. We call it channelized and sanitized health care delivered by Teflon tactics.
Consulting for Families
We consult with families one-on-one. We educate them about the system and what needs to be done on behalf of the inmate and provide the necessary tools to get it done. There is a learning curve involved.
It is absolutely necessary for families to understand that when they have a loved one locked up that it’s their responsibility to understand how that system operates and what they should be doing. It’s their responsibility to have key documents in place and know how to exercise those documents at the right time, and it’s their responsibility to understand what should be done in case of death.
Said another way, that family member has to be the CEO, President, Treasurer and Secretary of that inmate, because that inmate is not going to be able to do what needs to be done on his/her behalf because the system is not going to allow him or her to do so in a timely fashion.
We have been doing what we do for over two decades and there is a common denominator running through every jail and prison health care problem and death. And that is this: families are clueless on how to handle problems when health care is not being adequately provided and they are clueless regarding the issues surrounding a death. And when they’re clueless they make serious mistakes and bad decisions that have devastating consequences. They are overmatched by a system that feeds off of their ignorance and they are under-gunned because of a lack of knowledge, understanding and information and how to apply all three. The Institute wants to change that. And the way we accomplish that is through our consulting services, the tools we provide and other services that are available to achieve that goal.
Ideally we want families and those men and women that are getting ready to enter into the system contacting the Institute before heading into the correctional system to ensure correct documents are put in place, information given and a strategic plan provided for the time of incarceration.
We want families of those who are already in the system to contact us for the documents that must be put in place for the benefit of the inmate and family, and for the consulting services we know they are going to need on multiple fronts.