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idaho inmates: prison violations led to amputations, death


boise, idaho (ap) — idaho inmates are asking a judge to hold the state in contempt after saying prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care, leading to serious injuries and even some prisoner deaths.in documents filed in federal court, idaho state correctional institution inmates allege some sick prisoners were forced to undergo amputations after bedsores went untreated and others were left unbathed or without enough food and water. they also contend the state failed to adequately monitor its health care provider, corizon.idaho’s corrections director says his department has been making an all-out effort to successfully resolve the 36-year-old lawsuit. corizon spokeswoman martha harbin says the company strives to provide quality health c






senators quiz, then confirm, new state corrections chief


senators on friday unanimously confirmed david jablonski as the new secretary of the corrections department but he still faced questions about the controversies that shadowed his predecessor’s resignation last year.courtesy photodavid jablonskigov. susana martinez tapped jablonski to head the state’s prison, probation and parole system at the end of october, when secretary gregg marcantel stepped down after five years capped by several high-profile slip-ups, budget cuts that strained staff and mounting tensions with the union representing corrections officers.the relatively smooth confirmation friday signaled that lawmakers are looking for a turnaround in an agency roiled by successive crises.lawmakers suggested, for example, that the state had failed in its oversight of a private contract






seiu contracting bill will protect californians


county governments provide critical services that keep our communities healthy, clean and safe, from emergency response to child protective services. they also provide quality jobs to our community members that include decent health care and living wages.when counties contract out for services, the result is often lower quality service and lower quality jobs that add to the increasing inequality in our communities.seiu california is sponsoring legislation to ensure that when counties consider outsourcing services, taxpayer dollars result in quality services and quality jobs. these standards — which mirror those already in place for the state of california, school districts, community colleges, and libraries — require open and competitive bidding, demonstrated savings and quality and perfor






idaho inmates: prison violations led to amputations, death


boise, idaho — idaho inmates are asking a federal judge to penalize the state after saying prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care, leading to amputations and other serious injuries and even some prisoners' deaths.in a series of documents filed in federal court, the inmates' attorney christopher pooser painted a bleak and often gruesome picture of the alleged problems at the idaho state correctional institution south of boise. the prison is the state's oldest, with more than 1,400 beds, including special units for chronically ill, elderly and disabled inmates.pooser and the inmates allege some prisoners were forced to undergo amputations after their blisters and bedsores went untreated and began to rot, and others with serious disab






prison violations led to amputations and death, idaho inmates say


boise, idaho --  idaho inmates are asking a federal judge to penalize the state after saying prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care, leading to amputations and other serious injuries and even some prisoners’ deaths.in a series of documents filed in federal court, the inmates’ attorney christopher pooser painted a bleak and often gruesome picture of the alleged problems at the idaho state correctional institution south of boise. the prison is the state’s oldest, with more than 1,400 beds, including special units for chronically ill, elderly and disabled inmates.pooser and the inmates allege some prisoners were forced to undergo amputations after their blisters and bedsores went untreated and began to rot, and others with serious dis