KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Prison Health Care: Healthy Inmates In Minn.

Prison health care is examined: In Minnesota, prison inmates are offered healthier lifestyles, even while incarcerated. In Wisconsin, in the meantime, some groups are calling for discipline for the Milwaukee County sheriff over medical care in prisons there.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Behind Bars, But Health-Conscious
The 70 guys from Unit K-3 at Lino Lakes claim to be the prison's most physically fit inmates. But even they might have gotten a jolt Wednesday from the exhibition booths on view inside the prison clinic. … The health event is part of a Corrections Department campaign to instill better habits in a group that may be the unhealthiest population in Minnesota. With daunting chemical dependency problems and years of hard living, Minnesota's prisoners and ex-cons present the state with a medical challenge of sobering proportions (McEnroe, 10/3).

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Groups Want Clarke Found In Contempt Over Jail Medical Care
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. should be found in contempt of court for "intentional disobedience" of a decade-old court decree on medical care in the county jail and County Correctional Facility-South in Franklin, according to plaintiffs in a long-standing lawsuit over jail conditions. The sheriff has violated the consent decree of 2001 by failing to fill key medical jobs at the two lockups, including a medical director, a chief psychiatrist and medical administrator, according to a motion filed in Circuit Court. The medical director post has been vacant for all but two months over the past two years and there's been no chief psychiatrist for more than four years, the motion states. The medical administrator job hasn't been filled in more than a year (Schultze, 10/3).

This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.