Arizona Inmates File Class Action Lawsuit Over Health Conditions and Solitary Confinement

Maricopa County JailBy JG Vibes
March 7, 2013

Many wise people over the generations have pointed out that you can determine the level of civility within a society by taking a look at how the prisoners in that society are treated. This statement is usually made to include the worst of criminals, but unfortunately most of the people in jail today aren’t even real criminals, they are so called nonviolent “offenders”, who are treated like animals right along with the thieves and murderers.

Most of the people who have a hard nosed pro state perspective on prisons have likely never been subject to those conditions themselves. They are typically good slaves who don’t step out of line.

People who get caught up in prisons are still human beings, most of them nonviolent when they are first thrown in there, many of them still nonviolent now. Regardless they are treated as if they are subhuman. Rarely do you ever hear about inmates having the ability to assert any of their rights as human beings or speak out about the conditions that they are subject to. The most that inmates can usually hope for is the rare class action lawsuit that brings attention to their cause. Just recently a class action lawsuit of this nature was filed in Arizona.

According to;

A handful of Arizona prison inmates who sued the state over the quality of health care at the state’s prisons won class-action status that lets other prisoners join the case. The class is defined in an order Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Neil Wake as prisoners who are or will be subjected to untimely access to care, a failure to receive necessary medication, an insufficient health staff, a failure to provide care for chronic diseases and other alleged failures. The prisoners pushing the lawsuit also won subclass status for all prisoners who are or will be put in isolation in a cell for 22 hour or more each day at five prison units. Prison officials have denied the lawsuit’s allegations that the medical care for inmates is grossly inadequate

We will continue to post updates on this story, as well as other prisoner struggles across the country and across the world.