Industry News

June 01, 2015
According to a report by medical receiver Clark Kelso, healthcare within California's 34 prisons continues to improve, however problems persist in contract prisons where the state pays to house its overflow inmate population.
May 26, 2015
Two inmates are suing the ­Minnesota Department of Corrections, seeking access to costly drug treatments for hepatitis C. Breakthrough medicine for hepatitis C started being approved in the U.S. in late 2013, the lawsuit states, and has become the standard of care with a 95% cure rate.
May 19, 2015
Access to government-funded Medicaid, through the Affordable Care Act, will help reduce health care costs to cities, counties and states when inmates are enrolled in Medicaid during incarceration and prior to release.
May 19, 2015
Clinical psychologist Nneka Jones Tapia will become the executive director of one of the country's largest jails - Cook County Jail in Chicago which houses 9,000 inmates, an estimated third of which are mentally ill. 
April 28, 2015
For the first time since voting to form a union last year, medical staff at Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania reached a labor agreement with Corizon Health. The three-year agreement covers 116 workers.
April 07, 2015
An Urban Institute report points out that more than half of all inmates in jails and state prisons have a mental illness, the most common is depression, followed by bipolar disorder.
March 23, 2015
Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan, a Dedham District Court judge, is the director of specialty courts in Massachusetts, overseeing programs such as drug court. Drug court is intended to target substance abuse issues that may be the underlying causes of criminal behavior in some defendants.
March 01, 2015
According to MSNBC, 10,000 people have received health coverage as a result of applications that got started in Illinois's Cook County Jail, the largest single-site jail in the country.
February 17, 2015
Ohio is among a growing number of states working to enroll prisoners into Medicaid when they get sick and as they are being released.
February 10, 2015
Jails have become warehouses of people too poor to post bail or too ill with mental health or drug problems to adequately care for themselves, according to a report entitled Incarceration's Front Door:
February 07, 2015
As a result of a four-year, $1-million grant, a pilot program in Indiana's Marion County is screening ex-offenders seeking job and resume training and references for traumatic brain injuries in hopes of reducing the rate of recidi
January 21, 2015
Pointing to issues with understaffing, increasing numbers of mentally ill prisoners and private healthcare providers that aren't fulfilling their contracts, the new head of the Florida Department of Corrections told state lawmakers the department needs more funding and oversight, the News Servic
January 18, 2015
From 2001 to 2008, the cost of providing healthcare per inmate increased nationally by an average of 28%, according to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center that examined cost data from 44 states. During that period, Texas reduced the cost of healthcare per inmate by 12%.
January 18, 2015
A program aimed at decreasing the rate at which former Worcester County prisoners go back to jail will get a boost with a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
January 07, 2015
Salinas Valley State Prison nurses expressed doubt that a proposed one-size-fits-all approach to medical staffing will work at the high-security facility.
December 29, 2014
New York will require mental health discharge planning for inmates who received treatment in prison. A law taking effect at the end of February says they will also get an appointment with a doctor who can prescribe interim medications.
December 29, 2014
The Illinois Department of Corrections has plans to hire a combination of 100 mental health and security workers at the Dixon Correctional Center for its expanded mental health unit. The goal is to have workers in place by the spring.
December 23, 2014
Prisons house a large number of hepatitis C patients and the Constitution guarantees prisoners the same medical care that's standard in the community but most prison budgets can't handle the price of expensive new treatments for the disease.
December 21, 2014
Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks, says while some states are only starting to find the need for digital health records, 12 New York City correctional facilities successfully implemented EHRs and showed positive results, as outlined in a
December 10, 2014
State Prisons Commissioner David Guice told lawmakers that needed reforms to the system's treatment of mentally ill inmates will cost an additional $20 million for more staffing. Guice was speaking before the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety at a meeting focused on