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From the Courts: COVID-19 Early Release; Hernia Treatment; Delayed Treatment  

Author:  Ken Kozlowski.

Source: Volume 23, Number 04, Fall 2022 , pp.87-89(3)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Our regular review of important court decisions includes three cases. In United States v. Estevez-Ulloa, the 3rd Circuit ruled that an inmate who refuses the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be granted compassionate release for fear of contracting the disease while in prison. In Johnson v. Dominguez, the 7th Circuit found the case record lacked evidence to support a charge that medical defendants’ non-surgical treatment amounted to deliberate indifference. And in Christian v. United States, a federal district court denied summary judgment and has allowed inmate Christian’s lawsuit to proceed in a case over the South Carolina Bureau of Prisons delaying for over four months an appointment to see a specialist resulted in the loss of an eye—and a finding of gross negligence.

Keywords: COVID-19 Early Release; Hernia Treatment; Delayed Treatment

Affiliations:  1: Ohio Supreme Court Library.

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