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New video/DVD on jail conditions!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

  • By: Sally Dworak-Fisher
  • Organization: Public Justice Center
New "Infected" Video, Developed by Maryland's Public Justice Center, Spreads Awareness About Baltimore City Detention Center's Inadequate Health Care. While awaiting a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit concerning health care at the Baltimore City Detention Center, the Public Justice Center in Maryland is using its new 18-minute video, entitled "Infected: The Baltimore City Detention Center's Hidden Health Crisis," to educate the public about health care in the jails. In the video, people who have been released from the Baltimore City Detention Center speak about their experiences with the inadequate medical care they received there. Incarcerated people began challenging in court the poor health care and living conditions in the mid-1970s, and most recently, aided by the Public Justice Center and the ACLU's National Prison Project, prevented the state from terminating a consent decree intended to improve jail conditions. The Public Justice Center has shown the video at churches and community groups and has sent copies to the members of the Maryland General Assembly. Upon learning that jail officials refused to comment on the video, Sally Dworak-Fisher, a Public Justice Center attorney, asks, "What response can they have other than to just fix it?" A copy of the video can be obtained for $5 by contacting Brenda Midkiff at (410) 625-9409 Ext. 232 or midkiffb@publicjustice.org.
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