I find this a little strange. Before I became a best selling drug war and prison author, I spent 10 years in prison. While in prison I broke my back. I had a pinched nerve that cut off circulation to my left leg. I didn’t get any medical attention. They kept sending me back to my cell. My cell was on the second floor. In months of absolute agony, I finally couldn’t even walk up the stairs. My left leg was going paralyzed. When I finally made it to a real hospital outside of the prison the MRI showed my disk was broken into pieces down my nerve track. Surgery was great. But it took months of getting turned down in prison and the worst pain of my life, to get help.
By DON THOMPSON
A doctor at California Medical Facility was paid more than $410,000 last year, while a registered nurse at High Desert State Prison made nearly $236,000 – more than twice the statewide average in both cases.
A pharmacist at Corcoran State Prison was paid more than $196,000, nearly double what is typical across the state.
Compensation for medical providers has soared in the prison system since a federal judge seized control of inmate health care in 2006 and appointed an overseer with the power to hire and set pay levels.
As the official begins to wind down his oversight, the medical hiring and salary increases have helped lead to an improvement in inmate care, but it has increased the bill for taxpayers too.
It has also led to criticism that the official – called a receiver – provided a “Cadillac” level of care for convicted felons. A state…
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