Sunday, March 11, 2012

Idaho Prison Report Expected to Be Made Public This Week

Posted By on Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM

In spite of attempts by the State of Idaho to keep the report sealed, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill is expected this week to reveal an expert's analysis of medical care, or the lack thereof, for inmates inside the systems of the Idaho Department of Corrections.

In the 1980s, a series of lawsuits surrounding prison inmate treatment began to fill dockets at the U.S. Courthouse and eventually a class-action suit gained steam, alleging violence, overcrowding and basic care behind Idaho's prison gates, and, in particular, the Idaho State Correctional Institute.

Now Winmill says it's time for the public to get a glimpse of an analysis on inmate medical care. The report, drafted by Dr. Marc Stern, is expected to be revealed sometime this week. According to the Associated Press, Winmill wants opposing lawyers, representing the state and prisoners, to be prepared to craft public statements to accompany the report's release.

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