Prison http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Pilot Program Paroles Inmates to Nursing Homes http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-pilot-program-paroles-inmates-nursing-homes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky is looking at a plan that would parole some ill prison inmates to nursing homes as a way to defer the cost of caring for them, the Associated Press reports.</span></p><p>The General Assembly OKed the pilot program. The AP story focuses on a nursing care program at the Kentucky State Reformatory that costs the state $4.4 million annually. The state spends $132 more per ill inmate than on average inmates—and the population of older inmates in increasing, the AP added.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:46:52 +0000 Staff 9470 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Pilot Program Paroles Inmates to Nursing Homes A Kentucky State Penitentiary Inmate Starved Himself to Death http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-penitentiary-inmate-starved-himself-death <p>One doctor has been fired and another is being dismissed from the Kentucky State Penitentiary after an inmate went on a hunger strike and committed suicide by starving himself to death.</p><p>According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the Department of Corrections terminated physician Steve Hiland and will soon cut loose psychologist Jean Hinkebein. The firings stem from the Jan. 13 death of 57-year-old James Kenneth Embry, who was serving a nine-year sentence for drug offenses.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:50:52 +0000 Brett Barrouquere | Associated Press 9182 at http://wfpl.org A Kentucky State Penitentiary Inmate Starved Himself to Death Federal Judge: Indiana 'Indifferent' to Mentally Ill Inmates http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-indiana-indifferent-mentally-ill-inmates <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p>INDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge says Indiana has been "deliberately indifferent" to the plight of mentally ill inmates in its state prisons, who amount to nearly a quarter of the system's population.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled that the Indiana Department of Correction doesn't provide adequate treatment for mentally ill prisoners in violation of their constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:23:08 +0000 Associated Press 3223 at http://wfpl.org Federal Judge: Indiana 'Indifferent' to Mentally Ill Inmates