How come an inmate can not get the right medical attention??? My husband has gotten MRSA while in there and he has ear problems and NOW he might have hearing lost…my husband was healthy when he went in there is he coming out alive????
Read the 2008 report by the US Attorney and you will understand the seriousness of the situation: Despite documenting murder, maiming, and brutal battery and medical neglect of inmates BY GUARDS AND MEDICAL STAFF in this 98 page report the US Attorney has indicted NO ONE yet!
After waves made by this report, the jail did clean the holding areas and remove the one inch of 10+ year old dripping mold covered dust from the ventilation system and clean the floors with disinfectant. However, they didn’t remove the detainees from the area when they were cleaning and several developed pneumonia from breathing in that contaminated air.
One male detainee had an open fracture, was bought to the jail after being taken to County Hospital where they put on a cast and gave him antibiotics. They failed to continue the antibiotics or bring him to the hospital for a follow-up appointment. The result was that more than a month later when he was screaming in pain and pus was oozing out of the cast, he had to be taken to the hospital and his leg was amputated.
The Cermak infirmary facility (this is NOT a hospital and is not certified as anything) on its medical and psychaitric units regularly abuses inmates by illegally injecting them with psychotropic drugs against their will. They do this due to staffs’ overwhelming sadistic nature, insistent on total control, insistence that they should shut up any complaints, and total intolerance for complaints or or questioning their authority or crummy medical/psychiatric care. see this post and YouTube video: here
Detainees with serious psychiatric conditions are treated very badly and outside the standard of care. They are beaten and locked in their cells for long periods of time, denied even crayons and paper to write with, often even denied toilet paper. They are tied down in four-point restraints if they get mad and throw something or hit their fist on the wall and repeatedly injected with Haldol and other psychotropic drugs in violation of the laws of the state, against their will and without regard to their previous adverse reactions to such drugs. Adverse effectgs such as dystonia occur all the time.
The medical staff refuses to talk to detainee’s physicians, refuses to call their pharmacies to confirm what medications they take, refuses to give detainees their previously prescribed medications. It may take days to get to see the doctor and get your prescriptions started up again. Diabetics may not get insulin for days. Asthmatics may not get their medications for days. Detainees with HIV or cancer will not get their medications right away and may not get them continued at all. Addicts will have to undergo cold turkey withdrawal and have been left to have a seizure on the ground for as long as four hours with other inmates yelling for help. Elderly may be assigned to upper bunks. Heart patients may not get access to nitroglycerin for angina. Many deaths have resulted form being locked in a cell from 10 pm to 4 am with no access to medical care. Detainees are found dead in the morning because no one cares.
The medical director has done a very poor job of infection control and the officers are not trained properly in this. Medical care is minimal at best. They take a body out every 3-4 or so days. If you have chest pain, an asthma attack, appendicitis you may die. Those are the facts.
Meat has been replaced with tectured soy protein with lots of additives such as MSG and nitrates. The diet is dangerous and toxic to the inmates. The doctors even failed to give a medical diet to a woman who was allergic to soy and had severe crohn’s disease. It worsened her disease and she developed severe bloody diarrhea requiring high doses of steroids to treat it. She survived only because other detainees gave her peanut butter and told her not to eat the “meat” because it was really soy. The doctors claim they didn’t know the “meat” was soy.
Until the public screams and makes waves, nothing will be done.
The families of inmates should raise hell over this, write your Congressment and the U.S. Attorney Eric Holder. The CCDOC needs to be federalized and all the leadership fired and indicted for these felony systemic and purposeful civil rights violations. Last year they moved out (officially resigned but forced out) the director of psychiatry, Dr. Carrington. I wonder where he found a new job and worry about his new patients.
For your husband, call your cook county commissioner and complain.