Pennsylvania company probed over NY inmate deaths

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April 15, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state attorney general's office says it's investigating a company that has become the state's largest private contract provider of jail medical services.

The Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin reports that the state Commission of Correction has issued critical reports about nine inmate deaths between 2009 and 2011 at county jails that contract with Correctional Medical Care, Inc.

The company, based in Blue Bell, Penn., says it uses some of the most qualified and dedicated licensed medical personnel in New York state to provide inmate health services in a cost-effective manner.

Yet, reports by the state Commission of Correction's Medical Review Board have found some level of fault with CMC in the nine inmate deaths. In some cases, it has also placed partial blame on correctional officers for mistakes.

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