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Philadelphia Settles Diabetes Suit

On March 13, 2003, the City of Philadelphia agreed to settle a suit over the adequacy of care provided to diabetic prisoners at Philadelphia jails.

The terms of the settlement require the city to establish policies related to the treatment of prisoners with diabetes. For instance, detainees exhibiting or requesting treatment for low or high blood sugar upon arrest must be taken to the nearest hospital first.

Additionally, the city’s contract medical provider, Prison Health Services (PHS), is required by the agreement to provide medical triage, glucose testing, prescription medication for diabetes, and medically appropriate food.

The agreement also subjects the city to monitoring for 18 months, and requires the city to collaborate with the American Diabetes Association on the provision of training to city staff concerning diabetes.

Finally, the settlement requires the city to pay $42,500 in attorney’s fees to the plaintiffs The plaintiffs were represented by Alan Yatvin of Popper & Yatvin of Philadelphia.

See: Rosen v. City of Philadelphia, No. 2000-CV-764 (E.D. Pa. 2003).

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Rosen v. City of Philadelphia