Private company takes over troubled county in-jail services
In 1999, 38-year-old Thomas Pizzuto was beaten to death by two guards at the Nassau County jail because he would not stop begging for methadone...More than a decade later little has changed, according to an audit by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and an ongoing investigation by the New York Civil Liberties Union that alleges improper health-care practices put inmates risk...Since last fall, the ACLU has gotten complaints about medical care at the jail from approximately 60 inmates that all revolve around improper management of medication, and a lack of follow-up and specialty care, said Samantha Fredrickson, an attorney and director of the Nassau County Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Like the glaucoma patient who requires regular medication to avoid a buildup of pressure in his eyes that can lead to blindness. "He complained to us he would go weeks at a time without receiving them," Fredrickson said. "He ended up having to be rushed to the emergency room twice in a two-month period because he wasn't receiving his medication. This was substantiated by his medical records.".."From what we hear and from what we know, there is definitely a problem with high-level staff," Fredrickson said. "The nurses in the jail write in their notes, ‘this person needs specialty care.' Then why aren't [inmates] going?"