This prison SCANDAL has caused hundreds lifelong injury and illness
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/4/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Hundreds of inmates have contracted Valley fever in recent years, in an epidemic that has plagued state run prisons in the Central Valley, contributing to more than 30 inmate deaths since 2005.
Hundreds of inmates in California's Central Valley have been infected by Valley fever, many have set lawsuits against the state.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Jeremy Romo was one such inmate, after being sent to prison in 2012 for illegal possession of a firearm.
When he was put in prison he was incredibly healthy, working as a construction worker and running three miles every weekday and five on the weekends. But when he was released in July, 2013, the 34-year-old had become a physical wreck, unable to run, suffering from joint pain and forced to pay for expensive medications to fight the disease he contracted while in prison.
"This has just ruined my whole life," Romo said. "This disease is incurable. You can never get rid of it."
Typically, symptoms of the disease include fatigue, fever, cough, night sweats, a shortness of breath and a rash on the upper body or legs.
California spends more than $23 million treating inmates sick with Valley fever each year; $9 million for hospital care, $2.4 million for antifungal care and $12 million guarding these patients.
The state may very well end up paying much more, as numerous lawsuits have been filed against the state.
The latest suit, was filed in July in federal court in Sacramento on behalf of 58 current and former inmates and states that California has known for years that prisons in the Central Valley are breading grounds for this incurable illness, and have done nothing to deal with the problem.
The suit claims that California has imposed on inmates "a lifelong, crippling, and sometimes fatal disease in addition to their lawfully determined sentences."
This lawsuit seeks to offset the medical costs that inmates will have to face for the rest of their lives; $5,000 a year for antifungal medication to keep the disease under control, $1,000 annually for testing, and $25,000 for those with the worst infections for hospitalization.
The suit also seeks punitive damages and claims that state officials were negligent and reckless when they decided to house at-risk inmates in prisons where the disease's airborne spores or present.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy ... continue reading
With more than 30 deaths caused by the various wildfires devouring swaths of California, Pope Francis on Friday sent a message voicing his ... continue reading
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has asked league owners to have their players stand for the national anthem. The lamented in a letter to all ... continue reading
"It's the worst mass shooting in modern American history." The above opening sentence is the exact lead sentence I used in a column last ... continue reading
It's well-known that in ancient Rome hundreds of thousands of people would pile into the stacked layers of stone seating in the Colosseum ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Evil George Soros transfers $18 billion to support abortion, destroy ...
- Day 1 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth HD Video
- Pope continues work toward reconciliation with Methodists
- Daily Readings for Saturday, October 21, 2017
- Will Europe return to its Christian roots?
- Day 2 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth HD Video
- St. Hilarion: Saint of the Day for Saturday, October 21, 2017
- Evil money - George Soros pays to start a revolution in America HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, October 23rd, 2017 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way