Let's Talk Medical Care In State Prisons
Let's Talk New Mexico 9/20 8 am: Prisons in New Mexico don’t have enough medical staff, and advocates say this means people don’t get the help they need—even when their injuries and illnesses are severe. Are you incarcerated? Or do you have friends or family members in state prisons? Are you concerned about their health? Email LetsTalk@kunm.org, tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show on Thursday morning: 277-5866.
Private corporations provide health care in the state's 11 prisons. After an investigation by the Santa Fe New Mexican two years ago into medical abuse and neglect, the state switched companies. But in the two years since, the new company, Centurion, has been fined millions of dollars for understaffing the prisons.
- Phaedra Haywood, reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican
- Matthew Coyte, civil rights attorney
- Tiffany McCree, paralegal at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico
- Kelly Chavez, activist with Millions For Prisoners New Mexico
- Justin Allen, activist with Millions For Prisoners New Mexico