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"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

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"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, July 19, 2010

Prison Nation; NY Edition

The best private-contract medical care that New York City can provide for its inmates:
The doctor in charge of medical care for 12,000 New York City jail inmates abruptly resigned last week after questions arose about his professional certification, forcing city officials and executives at the company that employed the doctor to race to find a temporary replacement.

The doctor, Trevor P. Parks, resigned on Wednesday, a day after a reporter called the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which oversees the delivery of medical care to jail inmates, with questions concerning Dr. Parks’s board certification for internal medicine.
I like the metric that the contracting company uses for whether they are delivering good medical care: Hown many inmates have died. That's sort of like a mechanic bragging about his skills because the cars he works on aren't scrapped right away.

Meanwhile, over at the state level, the operation of the juvenile detention system is so shitty that four of the prisons are being subjected to a Federal consent decree. 26 "youth facilities" (ie, prisons) and the state doesn't employ a single full-time shrink.

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