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Hepatitis C: New Mexico and National Epidemic

One of the most pernicious and fastest-growing public health problems in the United States today is Hepatitis C, a viral infection that may be carried by people for years without the carrier being aware. New Mexico has one of the highest rates of Hepatitis C infection in the United States and the problem only promises…

Scope of COVID in New Mexico Prisons Likely Understated

According to the New Mexico Department of Health website, there are currently 495 cases of Covid-19 among state inmates.  In addition, there are 484 inmates in Federal custody who are positive for Covid-19. In one facility alone, the Otero County Prison Facility, there are 277 State inmates and 467 Federal inmates who have tested positive for…

Medical Personnel in NMCD Face Challenges in Claims for Failed Response to COVID-19

Question: Do medical providers working in New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) correctional facilities have possible legal claims for lack of preparation and response to COVID-19? Answer: Its possible but they would be very difficult with a number of challenges. Summary: Medical personnel, typically working under contract with a third-party company, are faced with a few…

NMCD Guards and Staff: Legal Claims for Lack of Preparation and Response to COVID-19

Question: Do New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) correctional guards and staff have possible legal claims for lack of preparation and response to COVID-19/Coronavirus? Answer: Perhaps but it depends on the whether the measures below were taken by NMCD and its medical provider. Summary: Guards and staff will not be able to sue NMCD or the…

New Mexico Corrections Department Unfit to Handle COVID-19 Crisis

Question: Is New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) fit to handle COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in its facilities? Answer: As with any question dealing with the competence of NMCD or its contractors, this was purely hypothetical. Of course, they are not. NMCD cannot handle basic medical care under the best of circumstances. As COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout the…

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