The State of Health Care for Illinois Inmates

Health care reform has been one of the key political issues debated this fall. While the majority of discussion focuses on the rights of free citizens, a panel of experts — Dr. Michael Puisis of Cermak Health Services, Benjamin S. Wolf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit — recently discussed the state of health care in prisons. People might be shocked to learn about the poor care ailing inmates receive, and all of the experts agreed that ballooning rates of incarceration in the United States is part of the problem. The event was co-sponsored by the John Marshall Law School student chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the ACLU of Illinois. I listened in on the event for Mechanics and reported on some key points discussed. The story is also this week’s “Revenge of the Second City.” Check it out here.

Author: Sheila Burt

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