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Dying for Dollars: For-Profit Health Care in KY Jails

PrintFrom the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and reporter R.G. Dunlop, the story of  dangerously subpar health care for prisoners in Kentucky.

An excerpt: “Jails buy medical care they can afford. Companies like Southern Health Partners make a profit. But promised and required services are not always provided. Inmates suffer as a result. And virtually no one is doing anything about it.”

Part two of the series examines the state’s role: “DOC (Department of Corrections) rarely probes deeply when a jail inmate dies. And it apparently has not sanctioned a single jail in connection with the more than 140 inmate deaths that have occurred during the past five-and-a-half years.”

A Lexington Herald Leader editorial┬ácalled the findings “horrific… political expediency is no excuse in the face of unnecessary deaths, costly legal settlements and insults to our concept of basic human rights.”