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Sick Inmates
(2007-06-22)
(wgvu) - A federal appeals court has blocked
Michigan from moving sick inmates from a Jackson prison that's
supposed to close next month.
The order effectively keeps the facility open for now for about
half of the 12-hundred prisoners housed at the Southern Michigan
Correctional Facility.
The federal appeals court in Cincinnati says Michigan can
transfer healthy prisoners from the prison, but it's unclear if the
state will do so.
Inmates' lawyers say closing the prison is an attempt to escape
long-standing federal oversight of Jackson prisons' health care
system.
The prison's closing is part of the state's effort to balance
its budget.
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