MATERNAL AND PRENATAL CARE OF JAIL INMATES - Mitch Perry

04/21/04

Last month a premature baby born to an inmate at the Hillsborough County Jail died shortly after her birth......In a subsequent investigation, a nurse practitioner was fired ......The 34 year old inmate - Kimberly Grey, in custody at the time on prostitution and cocaine charges, said she pleaded for medical help for 12 hours before giving birth to the boy in an infirmary restroom in early March.

Falkenburg Road Jail medical workers didn't call 911 until the baby arrived. The boy, named Clint, was about three months premature and died before he could reach the hospital.

Today the Hillsborough County Commission discussed the issue of Maternal Care of Jail Inmates......

Colonel David Parrish of the Sherriff's Office addressed the issue.....He emphasized that the death of the baby, was an aberration. (roll tape#1 o.q."certainly NOT the case")

The issue was brought up by County Commissioner Ronda Storms, who feared that expecting mothers in Hillsborough jails - such as Kimberly Gray - may not get the best medical care because of the stigma of their moral character (roll tape#2 o.q."as their carried to term")

But Colonel Parrish replied that the Sherriffs Department is legally obligated to treat all of the inmates for their medical conditions (roll tape#3 o.q."in place")

A private company - Prison Health Services, was awarded a $12 million dollar contract by the Sherriff's Department in 2002 to provide care for Hillsborough Inmates....But Commissioner Jan Platt questioned whether the County Commission could have much input as to how the Sheriffs Department has handled this situation, saying it is a completely autonomous County Agency (roll tape#3 o.q." that have been asked")

The St. Petersburg Times has previously reported that Prison Heatlh Services has been investigated by other local governments Pinellas County Sheriff Everett Rice terminated his agency's relationship with PHS in 1995 after an inmate died of a heart attack. And in In Polk County, PHS settled a $3-million lawsuit filed by the family of a 31-year-old inmate who died in 1994 after he was beaten by Maternal /Prenatal Care of Jail Inmates

Last month a premature baby born to an inmate at the Hillsborough County Jail died shortly after her birth......In a subsequent investigation, a nurse practitioner was fired ......The 34 year old inmate - Kimberly Grey, in custody at the time on prostitution and cocaine charges, said she pleaded for medical help for 12 hours before giving birth to the boy in an infirmary restroom in early March.

Falkenburg Road Jail medical workers didn't call 911 until the baby arrived. The boy, named Clint, was about three months premature and died before he could reach the hospital.

Today the Hillsborough County Commission discussed the issue of Maternal Care of Jail Inmates......

Colonel David Parrish of the Sherriff's Office addressed the issue.....He emphasized that the death of the baby, was an aberration. (roll tape#1 o.q."certainly NOT the case")

The issue was brought up by County Commissioner Ronda Storms, who feared that expecting mothers in Hillsborough jails - such as Kimberly Gray - may not get the best medical care because of the stigma of their moral character (roll tape#2 o.q."as their carried to term")

But Colonel Parrish replied that the Sherriffs Department is legally obligated to treat all of the inmates for their medical conditions (roll tape#3 o.q."in place")

A private company - Prison Health Services, was awarded a $12 million dollar contract by the Sherriff's Department in 2002 to provide care for Hillsborough Inmates....But Commissioner Jan Platt questioned whether the County Commission could have much input as to how the Sheriffs Department has handled this situation, saying it is a completely autonomous County Agency (roll tape#3 o.q." that have been asked")

The St. Petersburg Times has previously reported that Prison Heatlh Services has been investigated by other local governments Pinellas County Sheriff Everett Rice terminated his agency's relationship with PHS in 1995 after an inmate died of a heart attack. And in In Polk County, PHS settled a $3-million lawsuit filed by the family of a 31-year-old inmate who died in 1994 after he was beaten by corrections officials.

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