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Jailhouse Medicine

A Private Contractor Flourishes Despite Controversy Over Inmate Deaths

Marsha Dau

Marsha Dau, an Imperial County Jail inmate who died in 2011

In July 2011, a jailhouse nurse in Imperial County, Calif., found inmate Marsha Dau lying naked and dazed on the concrete floor. Charged with illegally transporting aliens, Dau, 58, recently had been exhibiting strange and aggressive behavior. For her own safety, the jail put her in an empty, beige cell with no clothes. Now, three days later, she was on her back, semi-conscious and pale.

The nurse who found her was Elisa Pacheco, an employee of the California Forensic Medical Group, a private company that provides correctional medical services to rural counties like Imperial, near the Mexico border. Pacheco later would testify Dau looked dehydrated. But she didn’t treat it as an emergency.

Rather than call an ambulance – which the company said would have cost several hundred dollars – Pacheco, in her testimony, acknowledged that she instructed guards to get Dau to a hospital in 30 to 40 minutes. Two guards dressed Dau in orange shorts, a yellow shirt and a yellow jumpsuit, then chained her to a wheelchair. As they wheeled her to a van, Dau’s head slumped forward. One of the guards later remembered her colleague saying Dau “looks dead.”

That comment, recalled in a deposition, would come to haunt California Forensic. Months after that July day, Dau’s hospital trip became the subject of a lawsuit, one of more than 80 filed against the company since 2000. The state’s largest private correctional health care provider, California Forensic, or CFMG, is a growing regional power in an obscure, multi-billion-dollar industry. It contracts with 27 California counties, overseeing the health care of some 13,000 inmates of jails, juvenile halls and other detention facilities. CFMG and a new sister company recently secured contracts in New Mexico, Arkansas and Oregon, and they have their sights set on expanding into Texas, Colorado and Washington, among other Western states. But like other private correctional medical companies, CFMG has been accused of providing negligent care that puts profits before people.

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“Society doesn’t really care about prisoners.”
– Neville Johnson, a lawyer who sued CFMG

Several county grand juries have investigated the company and faulted its practices. “CFMG staff failed to identify and treat symptoms of methadone overdose,” a Santa Cruz County Grand Jury found after an inmate died in November 2012. A grand jury in Sonoma County concluded CFMG protocol “lacks the formality and specificity” necessary to identify inmates at risk for alcohol withdrawal syndrome. When an inmate in alcohol detox died in August 2012, the Ventura County Grand Jury recommended that the jail consider replacing CFMG “to ensure standards of care are met and carried out.” (The county stayed with CFMG, but is considering other providers when the company’s contract expires in January 2016.)

About 200 California inmates have died under CFMG care since 2004, according to a FairWarning analysis of state Department of Justice records. For the 11-year period that ended in 2014, FairWarning found that where CFMG provided both medical and mental health services, jails had a slightly higher mortality rate than other county lockups. The CFMG rate, excluding homicides, was 1.7 deaths annually per 1,000 inmates. The rate for non-CFMG jails was 1.5 deaths per 1,000 inmates. CFMG says the gap is “not meaningful” because of differences in the types of jails compared and in the demographics of the inmates.

Push for Privatization

The outsourcing of medical care in jails and prisons reflects a nationwide push for privatizing government duties. The private sector, outsourcing advocates say, offers better services at a lower cost. But while other government services have outspoken constituencies, jails and prisons do not. Inmates usually have little clout to demand change if they believe they are receiving poor health care.

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“Society doesn’t really care about prisoners,” said Neville Johnson, a Beverly Hills lawyer. Johnson sued CFMG and Yolo County, near Sacramento, over the August 2000 jailhouse suicide of Stephen Achen. A drug addict, Achen warned some jail staffers that he could become self-destructive but promised another that he wouldn’t hurt himself. “As we got into it, we were astonished at what we felt [was] the deliberate indifference of the jail staff and especially CFMG, which is nothing but a money-making machine,” Johnson said. CFMG settled with the Achen family for $825,000 after a judge found evidence of medical understaffing, according to media reports.

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“Whether a jail health care system is being run by the county or whether it’s been outsourced to a private company, my experience is in both cases it’s underfunded.”
– Marc Stern, former health official with the Washington Department of Corrections

The private sector started providing health services to jails and prisons in the 1970s, when negligent medical care became a foremost prisoners’ rights issue. Inmates across the country filed lawsuits alleging inadequate care. Courts ruled that depriving prisoners of competent medical services was unconstitutional and in some cases ordered states and counties to take corrective action. Wardens and sheriffs, lacking backgrounds in medicine, turned to outside contractors for help.

In California, substandard medical care in state prisons led to a 2006 federal court ruling putting prison health care and spending under the authority of a federal overseer. Just this week, responsibility for inmate health care at Folsom State Prison was transferred back to the state corrections department, and the court-appointed overseer said that in the wake of improvements in inmate care he planned to restore authority for more of the state’s 33 prisons in the coming months. The California prison system, other than sometimes contracting with medical specialists, does not outsource its health care services.

When private providers like CFMG receive any attention at all, it’s usually because an inmate has died. But industry experts say outsourced services are often no worse than the care provided by the government. “Whether a jail health care system is being run by the county or whether it’s been outsourced to a private company, my experience is in both cases it’s underfunded,” said Marc Stern, a former health official with the Washington Department of Corrections who now teaches at the University of Washington. Inmates are more likely than the general population to have chronic or infectious diseases, and many take medications.

Today, experts estimate that roughly 40 percent to 50 percent of the more than 2.2 million incarcerated Americans receive their health care from contracted providers. Some large state prisons outsource their medical care to university health systems systems, but most contracts in the sector are handled by private businesses like CFMG or Corizon Correctional Health Care, the largest provider in the nation. Industry insiders say private correctional health care firms typically have a profit margin of about 8 percent on contracts that pay them either a flat fee per inmate or reimburse them for costs plus an administrative fee. Critics say flat fee contracts give companies, including CFMG, an incentive to skimp on care. Company executives declined to discuss profitability or other financial information.

Plaintiff lawyers such as Steven Yourke of San Francisco, who has settled two suits filed against CFMG, are sharply critical. “Based on the cases that I have done, I have a pretty negative impression of this company,” Yourke said. He filed one suit for the family of Craig Prescott, an inmate who, according to the complaint, exhibited “delusional” behavior for half a week in Stanislaus County jail before dying after a scuffle with guards in 2009. Yourke said the company should have done more for the inmate, a common complaint among lawyers who have sued CFMG.

cfmg-glanceThe company dismissed the Yourke’s claim, saying its staff knew Prescott as an aggressive inmate. CFMG executives routinely reject accusations against the company as ill-informed and insignificant. They say CFMG has never lost a civil trial it in its 32-year history and that most settlements it pays are small. “I think that the most important thing to us is providing quality service,” said CFMG Chief Operating Officer Elaine Hustedt, who founded the company with her husband, Dan, and psychiatrist Taylor Fithian in 1983. Indeed, the company receives high marks from some cash-strapped California sheriffs who oversee county jails. “CFMG offered more services at a lesser cost than our old system,” former Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner Phil Wowak wrote in a recommendation letter for the company.

Hustedt said personal relationships are the backbone of CFMG’s business strategy. She described the company as a family, where employees stay for a decade or more. CFMG touts a nurse turnover rate of less than 10 percent a year – below the average attrition for hospitals. “We have a staff that really cares about what they do. We want to do the right thing,” Hustedt said.

In fact, that’s CFMG’s corporate motto: “Always do the right thing.”

A Troubled Life

Marsha Dau concealed a struggle with addiction beneath makeup and a playful, gentle spirit. A petite woman with an oval face, dyed blonde hair and false teeth, Dau was a “hippie in high heels,” as her sister called her. She favored polka dot skirts, studied Native American beliefs and collected gems. Twice divorced and childless, Dau lived in Cathedral City, near Palm Springs, where she cared for her elderly mother. “She was about the best daughter a person could have,” Dau’s mom, Ruth Ann Hall, later testified in the family’s suit against CFMG.

But Dau had problems – namely an addiction to pain killers that she developed following a motorcycle crash in her teens. For most of her life, Dau kept it together, but things started to unravel around 2009 when she was working as a bus driver. One day, she saw a man get hit by a car and thrown onto her bus. According to Dau’s sister, the experience traumatized Dau so much she left her job, leaving her with little money to care for their mother.

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“I think that the most important thing to us is providing quality of service.”
– Elaine Hustedt, CFMG chief operating officer and co-founder

On June 30, 2011, U.S. Border Patrol Agents near Westmorland, east of San Diego, stopped Dau as she was driving a blue 2009 Toyota Camry. Two Mexican nationals were found in the trunk, along with methamphetamine in the car, according to a criminal complaint. Dau admitted the drugs were hers and said she was being paid $800 to transport the men after they had illegally crossed into the United States.

Dau was booked into the Imperial County jail at about 3:30 a.m. the next morning. A medical intake form filled out at the time notes she suffered from fibromyalgia and panic attacks, had a history of lung cancer and once had surgery to remove part of her lung. (On a subsequent medical history form, Dau would reveal she also had one functioning kidney and a history of Hepatitis C.)

For anxiety, Dau reported taking prescription Valium, as well as medication for chronic pain. CFMG’s contract physician in Imperial County ordered Dau to partially replace her pain meds with Tramadol, the dosage for which he later tripled, according to medical records and legal filings. Tramadol can cause agitation or confusion in patients. Meanwhile, Dr. John H. Baker Jr., CFMG’s contract psychiatrist, ordered Dau to cut her Valium dosage in half, then stop taking it after a few days, according to evidence presented in court. Patients who stop taking Valium also can experience anxiety or psychosis.

Nearly two weeks later, Dau started exhibiting “bizarre behavior,” according to nurses’ notes. One day a CFMG nurse found Dau naked in a cell where she was permitted to wear clothing. The floor was covered in urine, her clothes stuffed in the toilet, covered in feces. Dau also had feces on her back, buttocks and feet, which she didn’t seem to know. “Many days just run together and I don’t know if I should still be here,” Dau told the nurse, who recorded the incident, but, according to court records and deposition testimony, never contacted a physician.

A few days later, Baker, the psychiatrist, saw Dau via video conference. Baker would later testify that he primarily provided psychiatric services to eight CFMG jails this way, seeing as many as 140 inmates in a single week. Because he saw inmates remotely, it was Baker’s practice to rely on nurses to tell him what was in their charts. He would testify that he couldn’t remember if he knew Dau was taking Tramadol.

quote-valerie-georgeThat day, Baker later testified, he decided Dau could be experiencing a psychosis related to her previous meth use. He prescribed her an anti-psychotic and another drug to reduce the side effects of the anti-psychotic.

Dr. Paul Appelbaum, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and a former president of the American Psychiatric Association, told FairWarning that psychiatrists rarely see 140 patients in a week, but it’s standard for one practicing telemedicine to rely on nurses to review patient charts. The nurse who aided Baker that day later testified she couldn’t remember if she knew about Dau’s recent behavior, but said she doesn’t always have the time to look at notes like that.

Dynamic Growth

CFMG’s first contract, in 1984, was with Monterey County, where the company is based. Early on, CFMG sought to differentiate itself from its competitors by offering its services only to county facilities, not to state prisons. The strategy paid off as over the years CFMG came to dominate the market in California.

In 2012, the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital purchased about 80 percent of the company with designs on exporting CFMG’s brand of correctional health care. Since then, it’s launched a sister company, the Southwest Correctional Medical Group, to lead the expansion, although CFMG also is seeking contracts outside of California. “We feel really proud of what we do and felt like we almost had an obligation to go someplace else,” said Kip Hallman, CEO of the sister company. Today, CFMG and its sister company employ more than 900 people, mostly nurses. They also contract with 20 dentists, 11 psychiatrists and 52 other doctors.

For much of its history, CFMG has remained out of the spotlight, but that’s starting to change. A grassroots protest group in Santa Cruz called Sin Barras, Spanish for “without bars,” has held public demonstrations calling for the local jail to end its contract with CFMG. The group has been protesting ever since four inmates died in short succession after CFMG arrived in 2012.

cfmg-operatesMeanwhile, CFMG recently negotiated a preliminary settlement in a high-profile, class-action lawsuit over conditions in Monterey County. The settlement requires CFMG to make several improvements to the medical services at the jail, although the company admitted no wrongdoing in the case. Among the listed plaintiffs was Wesley Miller, an inmate with Type 1 diabetes who, according to the suit, was improperly administered insulin by a CFMG employee in February 2013. According to the complaint, Miller nearly died from the injection, a contention that CFMG disputes.

“This company should be taken out. They should not be allowed in any institution in the world,” said Valerie George, whose son died of complications from sickle cell anemia while under CFMG care in Sonoma County. Ryan George, age 22, was serving time for domestic violence in 2007 when he experienced the onset of a sickle cell crisis, a painful, but treatable, condition where blood vessels become clogged by the misshapen cells. For days, Valerie says, Ryan called her from jail in obvious pain, complaining that he was being neglected.

Finally, when he was found “unresponsive” in his bed, Ryan was taken to the hospital, according to court records. But after a couple of days, of treatment, doctors there decided Ryan was exaggerating some of his symptoms and sent him back to jail. Shortly thereafter, Valerie said, a CFMG doctor called her, saying Ryan was getting worse. She says she demanded that the doctor take him to the hospital, but he said “that’s not a possibility.”

The company doctor acknowledged in court papers that he spoke with Valerie George, but disputed her version of what was said. CFMG executives also acknowledged that the company would have incurred more costs if Ryan was sent back to the hospital, but denied that financial concerns had anything to do with his death.

Failing to Intervene

A few days later, Ryan George was found dead in his cell, with dark green fluid oozing from his mouth and eyes, according to the civil complaint. A subsequent Sonoma County Grand Jury investigation found that the “Sheriff’s (department) and CFMG medical staff failed to fully intervene” when Ryan’s condition worsened. “He was not re-hospitalized, despite exhibiting symptoms of jaundice, severe dehydration, bone pain, altered level of consciousness and loss of urinary and bowel control,” the grand jury found. Said Valerie George, whose family settled with CFMG: “They let him die like a dog in a cage because this company would not pay for him to get proper medical treatment.”

Jacob Parenti

Jacob Parenti, a Monterey County Jail inmate who died in 2014

Former CFMG employees interviewed by FairWarning were largely complimentary about the company. Cheryl Sumers, a licensed vocational nurse who worked for CFMG in El Dorado County, near Sacramento, said she “never saw anything bad” during her time with the company, 1998 to 2005. “They were a good company to work for. They took care of their employees. They paid well,” she said. Colleen Patten, a former administrative assistant for CFMG in Sonoma County from 2003 to 2009, agreed. “Sometimes the workload was pretty heavy,” she said, but it was no different than a busy hospital. Patten said she was “envious” of the inmates for how quickly they received medical care.

Dana Hudgins, a former licensed vocational nurse for CFMG in Ventura County from 1999 to 2006, said the company provided good medical care for most of the time she was with them, until the last six to eight months. That’s when a new nursing supervisor came in. Hudgins said this new supervisor replaced nurses with unqualified medical assistants. Inmates who once received their medications within hours of being admitted now had to wait three days. “I didn’t like the situation it was coming to,” said Hudgins. “I felt it could become a potential lawsuit.” A CFMG spokesman said Hudgins was fired for performance issues and is not credible, but Hudgins denies she was fired, saying she left for a better job.

One of the most recent inmates to die under CFMG care was 33-year-old Jacob Parenti, who, according to his family, was serving a one-year term in Monterey County for a probation violation for possessing marijuana. According to court records, fellow inmates noticed he had stopped breathing and turned a bluish color on the morning of Jan. 15, 2014. His cause of death has been officially ruled a drug overdose, but his half-sister, Amy Vye, says she’s spoken with inmates who said her brother died of a horrible flu that swept through the jail. “Jacob was left to die of a treatable, jail-acquired illness, one for which basic medical intervention could have saved his life,” Vye wrote in an email. In court filings, CFMG said Parenti submitted a slip saying he had the flu, but the company denied that he died from it.

Vye says inmates told her that Parenti was coughing up blood for days and twice requested medical care, but was ignored until it was too late. Her family, which is suing CFMG and the county, commissioned an independent autopsy that found Parenti died of the flu. “At no point did any CFMG employee ever respond in any way to my brother’s prolonged and preventable death,” Vye said in an email.

“They Just Rolled Right Over Us”

“Why wasn’t an ambulance called?” a guard later recalled someone asking when he wheeled a pale Dau into El Centro Regional Medical Center at about 9:30 a.m. on July 23, 2011. A doctor rushed to her side and felt her neck. “She has no pulse!” the doctor yelled, according to a deposition given later by the physician. Hospital staff cut off her jumpsuit and attempted CPR, but it was no use: at 9:56 a.m. Dau was declared dead.

A subsequent autopsy by Imperial County Chief Forensic Pathologist Darryl Garber determined Dau died of heart disease with a contributing factor being acute drug intoxication from the multiple medications she was prescribed. Garber also discovered Dau had a bed sore on her lower back, suggesting that she had been unable to move for some time.

Later, according to the minutes from a meeting about Dau’s death, CFMG and jail staff decided that an ambulance should have been called and that Dau was “probably” going through Valium withdrawal. In March of this year, the California Board of Registered Nursing brought incompetence and gross negligence charges against Elisa Pacheco, the nurse who acknowledging saying it wasn’t necessary to call an ambulance. She still works for the company. CFMG executives declined to speak about specifics of the case or to make Pacheco or the psychiatrist, John Baker, available for an interview, citing the board’s pending action to revoke the nurse’s license.

Ruth Ann Hall, Dau’s mother, sued Imperial County and CFMG in federal court in February 2012, but died herself before the end of the year. Dau’s siblings pursued the suit in her place, taking the case to trial in July 2013. But just before the proceedings, the lawyer for the family said, CFMG told Dau’s brother and sister that if they lost in court the company would seek tens of thousands of dollars in fees from them. Scared, the family reached a confidential settlement with CFMG during the trial. CFMG denies that it made any threats, saying that it’s not unusual for losing plaintiffs to pay fees. When pressed about the case, company executives said “it was settled very much in our favor” but refused to elaborate.

“We were nothing. They just rolled right over us,” said Dau’s sister, Rebecca LaRue, who described suing CFMG as the scariest thing she’s ever done. She says she’s let go of her anger, but talking about Dau still brings her to tears. “My sister was a beautiful human being,” LaRue said. “I mean, she made mistakes. She deserved to pay, somehow. But not with her life.”

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7 comments to “Jailhouse Medicine”

  1. CJ

    I want to apologize for my previous post’s almost complete off topic-ness. I was thinking about something else. The situation described in the article is a symptom of the lack of affordable public health care and that is because of the trade deals I described but the story was not so closely related to the situation I described. For example, the companies described are likely not multinationals like some of the global prison firms. So, they would likely be forced to globalize or be undercut by competitors. To make it possible for low cost foreign doctors to work licensing requirements have to be harmonized. Also, as professional services may be trade across borders, cross border data flows are being written into the deals. A crisis in healthcare had to be created to get people to accept the idea of US doctors, nurses, teachers, etc. being replaced by a doctor over the Internet/telepresence, or by a global services firm, the lowest qualified bidder. etc.

    Would you rather get no dental treatment or teledentistry? Even if its strange at first, I think most people would pick the telepresence dentist.

  2. CJ

    If you do some digging you’ll find that the privatization of services is demanded in the pending TISA and TTIP trade deals being negotiated in Geneva and Brussels (also there is a renewed push for the DOHA round of GATS to be concluded)

    Dig a bit deeper and you’ll find its all because of a 90s era trade deal, which is nothing less than an attack on the concept that governments should protect members of society from the worst excesses of mercantilism. Instead, in its place we are given a new higher goal, profitmaking, and “efficiency” in the Ronald Coase sense, to which all else must become subservient.

    Lets look at a little known two sentence section (Article 1:3 (b) and (c) of the GATS) which exemplifies the problem starkly. Note that it is endorsed explitly by the EU in their negotiating mandate. Its virtually unknown but not secret!

    The use of this accursed 1990s era GATS definition is forcing a global privatiztion (and “crapification”) of “services” basically including everything, health care, education, things that should never be privatized are being and the US is behind it more than anybody else. This is the real reason health care is so hopeless in the US. Our futures are being sacrified so that the system can appear to be functional instead of the mess that it is. After all, it would not do for the US to give its own people a sweetheart deal when it demands such huge sacrifices of others. (The dismantlement of public healthcare and pharmacy programs which make it possible for many people with chronic illnesses to bet by, a situation which will gradually vanish under the new deals. Basically, they also make everything in FDRs New Deal FTA illegal, so there will be no ways to reduce the impacts on employment of a future Depression for communities besides increasing “exempt” programs such as ones which are secret, involving national security and clearances.. This will also create a state of self censorsip by provisoning ones employment on your loyalty to the system, similar to North Korea’s songbun system of hereditary entitlements and exclusion.

    Under the new way, more government spending of any kind wont ever create local jobs as that would be discriminating against our trading partners. The low bidder will have to win it.)

    For discussions of the interpretation of the section which reads:

    “For the purposes of this Agreement…

    (b) ‘services’ includes any service in any sector except services supplied in the exercise of governmental authority;

    (c) ‘a service supplied in the exercise of governmental authority’ means any service which is supplied neither on a commercial basis, nor in competition with one or more service suppliers.”

    see http://www.ciel.org/Publications/PublicServicesScope.pdf and http://www.iatp.org/files/GATS_and_Public_Service_Systems.htm

    A bizarre aspect of this in the prison context is that governments will be locked into irreversible privatization and any regulatory change that promises to reduce – say, utilization of prisons will be seen as a legal taking from corporations under the doctrine of “indirect expropriation” even if its for a very good reason. So, for example, making a change that reduces the need to imprison unfortunates in one area will demand the criminalization of some new behavior to replace the lost profits.

  3. Carolea Goodwin

    Dear Mr. Fithian,
    you sir are not god, quit playing him. Do the right thing!!

  4. Carolea Goodwin

    Thank god for reporters like Brian Joseph who are not afraid to tell the ugly truth, and lawyers like Neville Johnson who are not afraid to take on the rights of the under dog. CFMG is about nothing but profits. Profit at the expense of life. I personally want to know how Mr. Taylor Fithian and his employees sleep at night. Death for profit is MURDER.

  5. Kip Hallman

    CFMG’s doctors, nurses, behavioral health specialists and other members of our healthcare team provide care to about 13,000 California inmates and juvenile wards. The vast majority have substance abuse problems and 20% or more suffer from serious mental illness. Many have physical and mental health conditions resulting from years of neglect and lack of medical care.

    In fact, we are often the only source of medical care for many of them. Our medical professionals often are the first to diagnose and treat medical conditions that our patients are unaware they have or have simply ignored for a variety of reasons. Many of our patients are non-compliant with prescribed medications and often may not even know the name of the medications they have been prescribed.

    All of this makes the work we do challenging and high-risk. For us and our care teams, it also makes the work incredibly meaningful. We provide a critically needed service to a population that is medically underserved, frequently homeless and lives mainly on the fringes of society, and we proudly and seriously assume this responsibility.

    Our care team’s passion and compassion are reflected in a staff turnover rate below 10% per year, despite the many challenges of working in a jail setting. Our caregivers choose to do this important work and to continue doing it year after year.

    As in any healthcare setting, despite best efforts and compassionate care, we occasionally experience bad outcomes, including deaths. We believe that every life has value, and we take every death seriously, seeking to identify potential errors and to learn from them.

    The article includes a number of comments from people critical of us and our care, but fails to mention the hundreds of thank you letters and notes we have received from grateful former patients, like this one:
    Dear Dr. Fithian,
    You may remember me – I first encountered you during my stay at the Monterey County Jail, and you oversaw my recovery from mental illness. I’ve rebuilt my life in [another state], reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. I’ve found a terrific job, and have been taking elective night courses at a local college. I’ve enjoyed a vibrant and prolific creative life, having produced multiple short stories and personal essays in the time since returning home. I have just been accepted into [an] English literature graduate degree program, beginning this fall.

    All of this and more, I have you to thank for. If you hadn’t intervened when I was incarcerated, I might be languishing in a California prison right now, with a felony conviction hanging around my neck – or worse. Instead, I have been given my health again, a miraculous new lease on life, and a chance at a career in which I might make a real difference in the world as a teacher.

    By the grace of God are these things possible – and you have played an essential role in administering that grace. I hope that, if the value and impact of your work are ever unclear to you, you will think of me as living proof that you have changed lives – this life, at least – for the better.

    Thanks…and Always Do the Right Thing.

  6. Zach LaRue

    I miss you, Marsha. You were like the most totally awesome and kickass person ever.

  7. John

    In my personal view the research applied RE: medical care in prisons must be a difficult course to follow. Reason, from my experience, there is an attitude of either complacency or hostility among the entire staff of Los Angeles facilities. I’ve come to understand that to work inside these jailing facilities has to be difficult as the workers are exposed to, at times, very sick (mentally) inmates that can be very intimidating.However, I’ve also witnessed competent
    M.D’s and nurses.
    My opinion is that there are so many individuals that really shouldn’t be incarcerated, which causes serious depression that will haunt the inmate while inside and particularly once he is discharged. It appears that incarceraing low level and first offenders actually causes additional problems to society once that misplaced inmate is released. His life is altered forever. Thank you for the work you do to bring to light the positive changes so desperately needed.

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