“Preventive care like flu shots saves money in the long run, both in and out of our correctional facilities.”
If passed, the proposed legislation would require the Oregon Department of Corrections to schedule an appointment with every prisoner to get a flu shot each year.
“Tina Ferri would be alive today if the prison did its job,” says Michael Fuller, one of the lawyers representing the Ferri family in the suit.
The prison has a new message: “Health Services cares about you staying healthy and recommends getting the flu vaccine annually.”
“We will immediately cease this type of information exchange,” the agency says in a memo.
Twenty lawsuits allege Oregon prison guards refused to allow inmates to shower for hours or even days after spraying them with pepper spray.
The Oregon Department of Corrections is investigating its practices when communicating with federal immigration officials at the behest of Gov. Kate Brown.
Emails obtained by WW cast doubt on the claim that undocumented immigrants living in Portland can report crimes and show up in court without risk of deportation.
Experts say the state’s choices left prisoners defenseless in a confined space as the virus spread.