Judge Blasts Medical Care At Wis. Women’s Prison


MADISON, Wis. (AP) ― A federal judge is ordering trial on a class action lawsuit that seeks to improve medical care at the state’s largest women’s prison.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa rejected the state’s request to dismiss the case, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of inmates at Taycheedah Correctional Institution.

Randa says there is a great deal of evidence showing major deficiencies in medical staffing, facilities and procedures at the Fond du Lac prison. He has already ordered nurses to hand out drugs rather than guards.

Randa says he’s surprised the state asked for the case to be dismissed since its own expert says the medical system there allows inmates to “fall through the cracks.”

Randa has scheduled a telephone conference for Dec. 9 to set a trial date.

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