I work in a regional jail on the East Coast and I feel like the Standard of Care received by the inmates here is adequate, if not superior to that of some law-abiding citizens. One must take into consideration that the inmates pay $0 for their healthcare in most facilities. You must realize that we, as taxpayers, pay for our own healthcare and theirs. Now, I am certainly not going to say what goes on in the California prison system, as was mentioned in the article, but here, where I live, inmates are receiving care and have unrestricted access to medical care. Security does take precedence over healthcare in the correctional setting. IT HAS TO! These inmates are incarcerated for a reason. The public must realize that without security staff providing the services they do, these people would be out on the street committing more crime. You can't have it both ways. No one is saying that criminals are not entitled to health care and in cases where it is proven that malpractice or negligence was committed, then yes, by all means, someone should pay the piper, but I question the validity of these cases of neglect and denial of healthcare that are reported by the inmates...are these things validated before an article like this comes out? I mean if I had a dollar for every unfounded grievance that has been filed at the jail I am at, I wouldn't have to work there! These articles need to be taken with a grain of salt. Let the reader beware.