Delaware agreed to revamp its prison healthcare system after federal investigators found civil rights violations at several facilities. The U.S. Justice Department, following a nine-month investigation of the system, said the prison health system didnt adequately assess inmates acute- and chronic-care needs, provided inadequate treatment of infectious diseases and serious mental illness, and was deficient in suicide prevention measures. The Justice Department said the state agreed to remedy the deficiencies and ensure that the care offered meets generally accepted professional standards. The agreement covers five prisons; violations were found at four. -- by Jennifer Lubell
Del. to reform prison healthcare
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