inmates http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Inmates Say Jails And Prisons Ignore Medical Needs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/inmates-say-jails-and-prisons-ignore-medical-needs <p>Inmates in Wyoming’s jails and prisons frequently complain that they don’t receive adequate medical care. That might not seem like a huge problem, but the Eight Amendment of the Constitution requires that if prison staff know an inmate has a serious medical need, they have to treat it.</p><p>Civil rights groups are worried that serious cases are being ignored. But the Wyoming Department of Corrections says inmates just don’t have a realistic idea of how they should be treated. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:31:55 +0000 Willow Belden 57404 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Inmates Say Jails And Prisons Ignore Medical Needs Inmates lodge medical complaints against Wyoming jails and prisons http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/inmates-lodge-medical-complaints-against-wyoming-jails-and-prisons <p>The Wyoming chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it’s been getting more complaints than in the past about medical and mental health care in the state’s jails and prisons.</p><p></p><p>The ACLU’s Jennifer Horvath says a common complaint is that when doctors <em>outside</em> the prison recommend that an inmate see a specialist, the prison refuses.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:52:52 +0000 Willow Belden 41235 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Inmates lodge medical complaints against Wyoming jails and prisons Wyoming ACLU evaluates treatment of inmates statewide http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-aclu-evaluates-treatment-inmates-statewide <p>The Wyoming Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has studied those who are in jail or in prison in Wyoming for a number of years.&nbsp; Wyoming is a state that likes to put people behind bars.&nbsp; The U.S. Justice Department notes that in 2010 Wyoming&rsquo;s crime rate was 17-percent lower than the national average&hellip; but Wyoming&rsquo;s incarceration rate is only four percent lower.&nbsp; Meaning that if you commit a crime, you will probably get some time.&nbsp; Director Linda Burt of Wyoming&rsquo;s ACLU tells Bob Beck about how those inmates are being treated.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 22:15:27 +0000 Bob Beck 24291 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org