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WA: Aging sex offenders on McNeil Island needed 557 medical trips last year

Serving the medical needs of an aging population civilly committed to the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island means more doctor appointments and costs. The off-island trips for care, for a time, were starting to mean a decline in actual sex-offender treatment. Full Article

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  1. Florida Sucks

    great wish this would happen everywhere and triple the expense

  2. AJ

    This article gave me a smile. The system is collapsing under its own stupidity. At some point, I can see one of the hosprisoners (tip of hat to David Kennerly) suing for lack of treatment. The State is failing to provide the requisite treatment that would allow someone (in theory) to be released. That aside, just the fact the State has to keep shuttling people back and forth, at significant and increasing cost, is too funny. Maybe putting the facility on an island wasn’t so smart after all! (I’m sure it was for the children.)

    • TS


      This is NIMBY at its finest since the entire island is under state control and has been under some sort of gov’t control for its entire established life (and mostly as some sort of incarceration facility). It will take a medical maltreatment lawsuit or some state legislator on a budget cutting exercise to make the case to move the population. However, the state will find this to be an acceptable cost to bear until forced to move otherwise.

    • David Kennerly, The Government-Driven Life

      Washington’s choice of an island was grandstanding, I’m sure. It evoked images of Alcatraz or Devil’s Island and so held great appeal to the credulous and hysterical public. The problem is, running a shuttle between a mainland and an island is no longer fiscally advisable what with correctional officer unions and such and six-figure salaries (California, anyway). Coalinga goes to extraordinary security lengths to transport hosprisoners to medical appointments even while they go to no lengths whatsoever to provide basic health care. A prisoner, in addition to being fully shackled and with an average age somewhere north of fifty, requires an additional chase-vehicle to follow the van. So that’s two vehicles, both with multiple Correction’s Department officers, for every hosprisoner. Not only that, but because the DMH has stiffed all of the local clinics and doctors in Coalinga and Fresno, they now have to travel hundreds of miles round-trip to get to any medical practitioner that will serve them.

      • Joe

        “… in addition to being fully shackled and with an average age somewhere north of fifty, requires an additional chase-vehicle to follow the van.”

        Is this for real? Please tell me you are joking. All this for a “resident / patient”????

        • David Kennerly, The Government-Driven Life

          I wish that I were joking. This is exactly what happens if a Coalinga Hosprisoner manages to convince someone at CSH that they are in need of medical care. Mike St. Martin has reported extensively on this (and been in the backseat of these vans) and I have talked to a number of others at CSH who confirmed this. Bear in mind that the costs of being a Hosprisoner at CSH is approaching a quarter-million dollars a year. Even so, their treatment is absolutely appalling. Their diet is worse than California’s prisons (and many of us can attest to how horrible that is) and many have died as a result of poor medical care. They don’t even try to resuscitate you if you stop breathing. I recorded a number of interviews which are still on YouTube many years ago about this the link to which is here: “Death Of Victor Segovia” A medical staff member: “I will not put my lips on that man’s lips.”

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