Target: Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser
Goal: Don’t endanger prisoners’ lives by handing over their medical care to a negligent healthcare provider.
Prisoners with medical conditions in Washington, D.C. may soon be abused, neglected, and put in danger of death if a contract proposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to give control of prison medical care to the for-profit Corizon corporation is passed. All people deserve to have safe, reliable healthcare, even if they are in prison. Demand that this plan be abandoned at once.
The pharmacy, mental health, and medical services in Washington, D.C.’s prisons is currently controlled by a non-profit healthcare system. Mayor Bowser has introduced a plan to transfer that control over to Corizon. Corizon, however—a corporation that has been contracted with across the country by states looking to privatize their prison healthcare systems—has a reputation for cutting corners for profit and providing absolutely terrible service.
In Alabama, for instance, the company only provided one doctor for every 1,648 prisoners, leading to a massive deficit in inmate care and attention. Similarly, at Rikers Island prison in New York, the company’s negligence in providing healthcare was found to be more than likely responsible for at least 15 preventable deaths over the course of five years.
Prison populations have higher rates of medical issues, and they deserve the proper treatment to address them. Contracting with Corizon is not the way to do that. Sign the petition below to demand that Mayor Bowser rescind her proposal to hand over prison medical care to this unethical corporation.
Dear Mayor Bowser,
I am writing you today regarding your recent proposal to turn over the handling of your district’s prison healthcare system to the private Corizon corporation. This is a horrible idea that will drastically impact the quality of healthcare inmates receive.
Corizon has cultivated quite a reputation for low-quality prison healthcare. While this may or may not be an issue to you, people do not lose their right to proper medical care when they get thrown in jail. Indeed, the fulfillment of this right is all the more necessary in the context of prisons, where inmates face horribly high rates of HIV infection, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. It is your responsibility as mayor to ensure that these people get the care they need to fulfill their sentences and return to the world.
Washington, D.C.’s council members have already been vocally opposed to your idea based on Corizon’s reputation—clearly, subjecting your prisoners to this company’s negligence is not the way forward. I demand that you rescind your proposal from consideration.
[Your Name Here]
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