Federal Judge Says Florida Prison System ‘Deliberately Indifferent’ Toward People in Prison With Hepatitis C

A federal judge’s ruling on Thursday said that prison officials have been “deliberately indifferent” in caring for thousands of people in prison who have hepatitis C.

The state was already mandated by court to treat people in prison who have Hepatitis C, but this latest ruling will expand the number of people who will receive care, and include treatment for those who have the early stages of the disease.

The order will impact the lives of 20,000 to 40,000 people, according to the Florida Justice Institute, which sued the state after people locked in prison said they had been denied proper treatment for hepatitis C.

The state admitted in court that it’s prisons failed to provide people with proper hepatitis C treatment, something the state knew to be a “serious medical need.”

 

 

Image adapted from: “Co-authorship network map of physicians publishing on hepatitis C” by Andy Lamb is licensed under CC BY 2.0 and “Humility” by Ben is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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