The Nevada Southern Detention Center (NSDC) in Pahrump, Nevada fails to provide in-transit federal inmates with prescribedmedication unless the medication is transferred with them from their previous institution. This author learned this the hard way by being denied medication for several days while incarcerated there en-route to the United States Penitentiary in Victorville, California (USP Victorville). The staff at NSDC provided some medications but would not provide others. Their excuse was that the other medication should have been sent by the Receiving and Discharge (R and D) staff at the Federal Detention Center in Sheridan, Oregon (FDC Sheridan) because it was the previous institution. That does not justify failing to keep important drugs in stock at NSDC just in case an inmate arrives without needed medications. They give to inmates awaiting trial in Nevada everything their CoreCivic “doctor” prescribes, but they will not give needed medication to inmates that may stay there a week or more waiting to be transported elsewhere. As a result this author experienced withdrawal symptoms that included e insomnia, nausea, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, and irritability.
The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) now known as CoreCivic plays a dangerous game. This author suspects cutting costs by not giving in-transit inmates expensive medication that CoreCivic would have to pay for to be the primary motivation for this practice. The medication I needed, even in the generic form, is an expensive drug and most of the inmates at NSDC are in-transit because NSDC is the main transport hub for the Western Region of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Most inmates being moved in the Western Region are routed through NSDC. How many people do they hurt? You do the math.
In the video below you can hear a prisoner describe the situation in Pahrump. By coincidence this author has met this person before and he seems like a descent and intelligent person. He was eventually acquitted of all charges in one case and his other case was dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct, so keep in mind this is an innocent man.
Published at Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:43:36 +0000