Prison Healthcare and Dental Care

Over the last few months, I have receive a handful of emails about prison healthcare and dental care. Many people want to know about the care of inmates or lack of in the prison system, so I have conducted research and will continue to do so. If you have family or friends in jail, please do not be overly concerned about their care. Most jails offer solid health and dental care. What does it cost the inmate - nothing. What does it cost the taxpayers - everything. Let's cover dental care first and then healthcare.

Dental Care in the Prison System

Do inmates receive FREE dental care? You bet! Although I would not consider it free:) The care is free for the prisoners but not the taxpayers. You might wonder about the quality of care but do not. Did you know the delay of proper dental care for inmates is a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the constitution especially if the prisoner is suffering. In addition, if the prison system deprives an inmate of basic dental items such as toothpaste, this may also violate their Eighth Amendment rights.

I have helped countless people over the years with dental needs and have heard from the lowest of the low. I have seen people beg for dental care only to have doors shut in their face. These are people that have done NO wrong in life, but unfortunately they cannot find basic dental care. However, when that same person in need buys aspirin from the local store to stop a crushing pain resulting from rotten teeth, they are taxed to help pay for the inmate with dental issues. This is a very strange paradox and I suspect most would agree.

Healthcare in the Prison System

Do inmates receive FREE healthcare? You bet! Similar to dental care, but there is a twist. Most prisons will attempt to charge the inmate for medical coverage to help off-set the cost, but let's be realistic. Inmates do not earn any significant amount of money in prison, so how much can they truly afford to pay? If an inmate is unable to pay, the prison system must offer FREE MEDICAL CARE to the inmate. Why? Because if they do not, the prison system will violate the inmate's Eighth Amendment rights.

The prison is obligated under the Eighth Amendment to provide adequate medical care. Medical care may be offered from trained government staff or under contract with a third party provider. Prisoners can file a constitutional claim for inadequate medical care providing they can demonstrate that prison officials treated them with "deliberate indifference to serious medical needs." (Estelle, 429 U.S. at 104 ... told you I did my research!:)).

Go to Jail for Free Healthcare and Dental Care?

I suspect most have heard the story about the person who committed a petty crime so they could go to jail for dental care or healthcare. You need to ask the question - what is good health without freedom? You might think the system isn't fair and you would be right, but consider this - most people in prison took a wrong path and simply need help. Inmates lack the one of the most valued commodities - freedom.

If you have been in prison and experienced dental care or healthcare first hand, please send me an email and I will get your comments posted. I suspect many readers will want to know about the quality of care received (I know I do:)). I know care is available, but I am not sure about the quality. I would like to think the quality is good, but I do not know.

God Bless.

 

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DATE: 6/28/2017 12:37:42 AM ... SCREEN NAME: Mom of a inmate @ lebre prison in ridgeville sc
Inmates there have to pay for every thing there.meds,hygene thats bad how in the world can they pay for these svc. if they dont have money in there books? that what start alot of riots and other bad stuff that goes on in there.smh. fyi
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DATE: 3/27/2017 4:32:26 AM ... SCREEN NAME: carolannahblue
And in the states where inmates do pay, it is so low in comparison to what law abiding citizens have to pay that it may as well be free. What a shame. SMH.
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DATE: 3/27/2017 4:30:28 AM ... SCREEN NAME: carolannahblue
Inmates in Arizona do not have to pay for the care they get. I just learned of someone who was acquainted with my family some years back just getting released from prison and the state paid for implants for him. There is a broken system when you can break the law and get free dental and healthcare but law abiding, hard working citizens, have to do with little or no care because they can't afford it.
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DATE: 3/27/2017 4:27:08 AM ... SCREEN NAME: carolannahblue
This is not fair to low income families who work hard but can't make enough to afford health insurance and have to be on welfare insurance that doesn't cover dental. I work my rear end off and have never made enough to get my teeth worked on. They will pull teeth but don't provide dentures or implants. What is wrong with this country?
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DATE: 12/22/2015 7:45:51 PM ... SCREEN NAME: Admin
Wow - thanks for the information. I did not know prisoners had to pay for their own dental care.
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DATE: 12/22/2015 5:54:57 PM ... SCREEN NAME:
I don't know where you get your information but dental and health care in prison is not free to the prisoners. They have to pay out of the money that they receive from family members on the outside
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DATE: 10/10/2015 1:10:02 PM ... SCREEN NAME: Wasi
Of course you'll be left to die if the NHS can't aroffd your healthcare, but all healthcare systems have finite resources and rationing. How is that different from a health insurance company refusing to pay for your treatment because your premiums weren't high enough? We don't have the money to treat everyone all of the time and tough choices have to be made.It's not as simple an issue as you seem to think. Slagging off the NHS in the way you do ignores the facts about healthcare everywhere.
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DATE: 3/8/2013 5:35:43 AM ... SCREEN NAME: Danyoder
Summit co. jail charges ten dollars pulling teeth 3 to 4 for anti-bio. if u dont have it on u books money u had when booked or un like me maybe a loved one puts it on u books an i wasnt given a tooth brush 4 over a wk they was out an only pulling teeth not fixing what i was told by there dentist an my aunt who is the dental ass. there thank god
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DATE: 11/28/2012 10:51:41 AM ... SCREEN NAME: funkeybroad68
The Montana Women's Prison and Department of Corrections do not provide dental care to all inmates. If you will soon be in a community corrections placement, they will wait until you are responsible for the cost and could not care less about the pain you suffer until then.
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DATE: 4/2/2012 8:48:34 AM ... SCREEN NAME: shut
I was in prison for 6 1/2 years and to get one tooth pulled it took almost 8 months. They do not fill cavities or clean teeth they limit the care.now after doing that many yes I still have 5 teeth to be pulled and can't afford a dentist visit.so all and all the taxpayers are paying way to much.
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DATE: 3/1/2012 9:27:03 AM ... SCREEN NAME: Armstrong
Yeah People that go to jail and or prison gets there dental help chit taking care of in a breeze.......But it ticks me off because I am disabled and only get 1 check a month from disability and I need my bottom teeth pulled badly and can't find any dentist who would do it for me and who takes Medicare and Medicaid because Medicare and Medicaid is all I have....I have even called 15 or so dentist and asked them to do this dental work for me and let me pay $150.00 or $200.00 a month till my bill is paid in full and NOT One dentist said they would do it.....I live in west monroe louisiana, IF There is a dentist that see's or hears of this that can and will help me here, Drop me a line here please 45DonaldArmstrong@att.net
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