Broward, Palm Beach County inmates' H...

Broward, Palm Beach County inmates' HIV care under scrutiny -- ...

There are 9 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Aug 21, 2007, titled Broward, Palm Beach County inmates' HIV care under scrutiny -- .... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Some HIV-positive jail inmates in Broward and Palm Beach counties needlessly go for weeks or even months without getting any HIV/AIDS drugs, defense attorneys and advocates said.

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They dont Care

Hialeah, FL

#1 Aug 21, 2007
You might be lucky if you get and aspirin... They don’t care in there eyes YOUR guilty. So there fore it's a slower DEATH One less inmate to take care of. Regardless if he or she is innocent. it's all a racket. It’s not just the inmate that suffering but the family as well being charged for phone calls.
Jeb

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 Aug 21, 2007
""People just fall through the cracks," said Shane Gunderson, client services director for the public defender's office."

If this is the case than Shane should be fired along with all that are not doing their jobs.
palm beach post

Boca Raton, FL

#3 Aug 21, 2007
these people are forgetting they broke the law thats a consquence. maybe knowing they will not get there medication than they will stopped braking the law
Disgusted

Chicago, IL

#4 Aug 21, 2007
Jeb wrote:
""People just fall through the cracks," said Shane Gunderson, client services director for the public defender's office."
If this is the case than Shane should be fired along with all that are not doing their jobs.
He's the one bringing it up that the medical service personel are allowing them to fall through. He did a good job.
attorney

Coral Gables, FL

#5 Aug 21, 2007
This is another example of public defenders pointing their finger at others to do anything they can to get their clients out of jail. Defense attorneys never let the truth stand in the way of their goal to get their clients off or otherwise out of jail.
Disgusted

Chicago, IL

#6 Aug 21, 2007
attorney wrote:
This is another example of public defenders pointing their finger at others to do anything they can to get their clients out of jail. Defense attorneys never let the truth stand in the way of their goal to get their clients off or otherwise out of jail.
Isn't that kind of the point? It doesn't matter what the person did. They're innocent till proven guilty...hence they should be treated as such.
Ridiculous

Tupelo, MS

#7 Aug 21, 2007
Folks, this behavior by the Jail Health services is ridiculous. No matter what these people did to get in Jail, they need to be provided with appropriate and timely health care; especially those with HIV/AIDS. If this is going on, the system needs to be fixed quickly or those responsible replaced.

Let's see we don't give them access to their meds, they get much sicker, they develop a resistant strain, we end up paying even more for their health care and they then might pass that resistant strain onto others, thereby increasing costs even more, while we have poorer health outcomes.
NoNo

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Aug 21, 2007
Quite frankly Scarlett, I hope Legal Aid does file suit. Then all of the information will be public record. And those folks who are making the allegations about being denied access to their medications or developing Aids because of this delay will be revealed for what they truly are, liars. Remember who these people are, they are not fine upstanding members of the citizenry who have been falsely accused. Look at their arrest records. Is the jail medical system perfect? Not by a long shot. Do these people deserve Aids? No one deserves Aids. I wonder how many of the inmates were receiving regular care since they found out they had Aids? I wonder how many of them take their medicine like they are supposed to and make all of their medical appointments when they aren't in jail? Come on Legal Aid, file your suit.
John McNamara

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 Aug 23, 2007
It is not only AIDS patients who are denied medical attention; most are denied medical attention. Donald Baker was taken from Hollywood Memorial under the assurances of the deputies that the jail hospital could provide adequate medical care for Donald's injuries sustained when Hollywood police officers smashed his face into a concrete floor, over and over again, kicked him in the head and back over and over. Baker was in tremendous pain. The solution of jail authorities: deprive him of his pain medicine and let him languish in pain for the next month and a half in a cold jail cell.

For more on the Baker case, see:
http://groups.msn.com/terrorisminblue/yourweb...

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