Prison healthcare companies shouldn’t profit off denying needed care

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Frankie Barton's son has Hepatitis C. It's treatable, but she says the for-profit Corizon Prison Health Management has skimped on giving him the proper treatment while he's incarcerated. If he goes without care, he'll develop sclerosis of the liver—a condition that can lead to death.

Frankie’s story is not unique. Corizon has been sued 660 times for malpractice over the last half-decade. As long as Corizon is motivated by its bottom line, there will always be a perverse incentive not to provide treatment. And Corizon is doing very well. The company makes $1.4 billion dollars a year off sick prisoners.

Just last week, Corizon inked a new five-year, $1.2 billion contract with the state of Florida. This means that Corizon is now getting taxpayer money in 29 states. And they’re vying for more.

Corizon should not be able to get away with this. They need to know we’re watching.



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