Thursday, March 09, 2006
Delaware Prison Health System
The common complain is the inmates are not receiving "Proper" health care. Lets take a realistic look at this. If the "inmates" were free and on their own they would be going to social services for health care or in most cases just ignoring any kind of health care. I understand the current cost for inmate health care in Delaware prisons is $25 million a year. The inmates complain about health problems because they receive a little special attention while in jail. It breaks up the day for them by going to see the Doctor or Nurse. Most have poor health habits and are in a poor state of health when they are jailed. Is it up to the state to return them to perfect health? At the Wicomico County jail I worked at, the inmates received better care than I did. The fact is most inmates are scum. Their families who make such a boo hoo about their son, brother, etc not receiving health care would be kicking their asses out into the street if they were required to care for them. They rise hell with the newspaper in hopes of setting themselves up so they can sue the state and no doubt the state will cave in and settle with them.
The Delaware Prison system does have problems. First they refuse to make public records public. Second, they have a shortage of guards. Third, they lack leadership. Most of all this leads back to Governor Minner.
Again, my answer to lack of guards at prisons is to hire foreign correctional officers. The chicken plants, construction companies, fast food places, etc all do it, why not state positions? New blood and a different outlook into the prison system is needed.