Hospitals to limit inmate patients

Hospitals to limit inmate patients

There are 5 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 5, 2008, titled Hospitals to limit inmate patients. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Shaken by two violent escapes by prison inmates, a health care group that oversees a Laurel hospital announced that it will no longer admit inmates as patients in nonemergencies until security procedures are ...

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Westminster, MD

#1 Jan 5, 2008
back when i was a young man i guarded many prisoners in hospitals. never had a problem. they always wore leg shackels. and mostr of the time were handcuffed. if they were in patient they were cuffed to the bed. and they were always warned that any attempot to escape would result with a swift and accurate shot to the head.
never a problem

Baltimore, MD

#2 Jan 5, 2008
throw them in the electric chair and you won't need to take then to the hospitol.

Baltimore, MD

#3 Jan 5, 2008
Conservative, unfortuneately there are too litle of us in the state of MD that think like us. We have a joke of a governor. The majority of these clowns that live here want this state to be the California of the east.
correctional officer 2

Olympia, WA

#4 Jan 5, 2008
I am a 14 year Correctional Officer in Wash. State. Taking the guns from Correction Officers would also be a safety hazard for the officers, staff and patients. Inmates should be shackled at all times while outside the secure perimeter. The officer with the gun should remain outside the room w/ the door open, or a great distance from the inmate.
I agree the inmates should not receive phone calls nor should they have visitors. The inmate should not have the opportunity to tell family or friends that he is or will be at a medical center. My heart goes out to all the fallen officers and victims.
Stay safe my fellow officers.

Manassas, VA

#5 Jan 6, 2008
mike wrote:
throw them in the electric chair and you won't need to take then to the hospitol.
Apparently you never have made a mistake in your life, and you do not have any one in your family that is incarcerated. Saddam comes to mind when I read your post and we all know what happened to him eventually.

With that said, inmates are entitled to medical care. The majority of the inmate hospital transfers go smoothly ( 12000 per year) when DOC protocol is followed. However, in this last case over at Laurel Regional, it wasnt followed. The man wasnt handcuffed, and only being guarded by one CO.

Like anything else, it only takes a couple bad apples to spoil the bunch, and in this last case, had protocol been followed, it probably wouldnt have happened. No one is condoning Mr. Poke's actions, he was a violent offender, a violent very man, but had he been atleast handcuffed the probability of this occuring would have been almost nil.

As the wife of a Maryland State inmate, I can only pray that my husband will receive hospital care should the need ever arise, and that Mr. Poke's actions did not ruin it for the majority of the inmates in this state.

I am thick skinned and used to people making tacky remarks such as yours when it comes to inmates. I only hope that when it happens to someone in your family, you are not subjected to the same attitude that you are so intent on dishing out.

Have a great day.

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