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I couldn't agree more about the apalling lack of medical attention to prison inmates.

Surely, if we are going to keep people incarcerated, we have to accept our responsibility to provide them with essential medical services, and in a humane and timely manner.

In addition to the gender-related issues discussed in this article, hundreds of men and women die in their cells from heart attacks each year, their calls for help ignored by their guards. Most of these people would live if they were to recieve the prompt attentions of a well equipped emergency medical technician.

The conscience of our society would seem to dictate that we have twenty-f0ur-hour EMT staffing, not only in all prisons but in each cell block, since site-specific regulations usually work to delay movement of personnel about the facility.

I would hope that the author of this article would not just focus on these narrow issues but the overall lack of medical attention to all of those who, by incarcerating them, we have made helpless to seek it elsewhere.

Steven Bradley

Lakewood, CO

Dec 13 2009 - 2:04pm

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"Most women do not pose a threat to public safety"-- citation needed, to quote Wikipedia. This is a very broad and, I feel, a bit sexist statement.

The purpose of prison is to punish and control--the purpose of the prison is to keep someone doing harm to the society away from the society so she/he can't do more harm. Is that what you mean by control? If the purpose were punishment, then mutilation, caning, whipping and other methods would be used, but that's not the purpose.

Karoly Negyesi

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dec 10 2009 - 6:26pm

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