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Lynne Stewart's Struggle for Justice Continues

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"She "require(s) immediate expert treatment." She requested transfer to a New York hospital. She's been successfully treated there before. She was denied. 

She's confined to prison-style treatment. It's mediocre at best. Authorities want her silenced. They don't care if she lives or dies.

Incarceration harms human health. Prison conditions aren't compatible with healthy living. Serious illnesses aren't adequately diagnosed or treated. Some are entirely ignored.

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) discussed "The Health and Health Care of US Prisoners."

Few inmates with "active medical problems" are monitored. Mental health problems are "ubiquitous." Treatment is deplorable.

"Almost a million inmates report having 1 more chronic medical (problems), and their access to medical care appears to be poor."

"Providing inmates with health care is politically unpopular. Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona said Bush administration officials blocked release of his report titled, "Call to Action on Corrections in Community Health."

They did so fearing it "would increase government spending on inmates." PNHP stressed that "constitutional, public health, and human rights imperatives of improving health care in prisons and jails are clear."

In January 2009, PNHP headlined "US prisoners sicker than believed and have poor access to care."

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