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Articles by Tara Herivel

Ill-Equipped: U.S. Prisons and Offenders with Mental Illness

Human Rights Watch, 2003, 215 pp.

Reviewed by Tara Herivel

[In the interests of full disclosure, the author of this review contributed to the following Human Rights Watch Report as a source, and this magazine contributed to the gathering of testimonials for the report.]

It is deplorable that this state's ...

Wreaking Medical Mayhem in Washington Prisons

In 1993, prisoner Gertrude Barrow crawled to the clinic at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. Her peptic ulcer ruptured, Barrow's requests for treatment had been dismissed by health care staff who diagnosed her ulcer as a bad case of gas. When Barrow vomited on the clinic floor, a nurse ...

A Foul Trend Emerges

An 1996, the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) fined McNeil Island Corrections Center (MICC) over $13,000 for health and safety violations. L & I investigator Jeff Spann unearthed a pattern of inadequate training for health care staff, use of faulty medical equipment, and retaliation against staff who complained about ...