Department of Corrections

Lawsuit filed over $1.4 billion contract for Missouri prison healthcare

BY: - August 30, 2021

The dispute over the $1.4 billion contract to provide prisoner health care in Missouri is moving into the courts. Corizon Health, which has held the Department of Corrections contract since 1992, filed a lawsuit Monday in Cole County alleging that unfair treatment and improper scoring gave the contract to Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of […]

Missouri prison healthcare contract won by company accused of bid-rigging in Tennessee

BY: - June 21, 2021

The long-time contractor for medical services in Missouri’s prisons is protesting the state’s decision to award the business to a company that will charge more than lawmakers appropriated and is accused of bid-rigging to obtain a contract in Tennessee prisons. Centurion Health, a Virginia subsidiary of St. Louis-based managed care company Centene, beat out four […]

Missouri Supreme Court gives split decision in corrections overtime case

BY: - June 1, 2021

Missouri prison guards who have waited almost three years to find out if they will receive a share of $114 million in overtime for unpaid activities at the beginning and end of their shifts will have to wait a while longer, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In August 2018, after six years of litigation, […]

Why COVID will be a lasting concern inside Missouri prisons

BY: - May 25, 2021

This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon.  More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Corrections has implemented mitigation efforts and begun administering thousands of vaccines. But people incarcerated in Missouri and advocates for incarcerated people say more can be done to ensure safety, like the enforcement of […]

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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

BY: - May 3, 2021

In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to change that with […]

Missouri DOC, Corizon agree to spend $50 million to treat inmates with hepatitis C

BY: - October 29, 2020

Michael Postawko’s attorneys say he contracted hepatitis C at the Jefferson City Correctional Center in 2012. At first, he didn’t have any symptoms. But then two years later, he began experiencing chronic fatigue, fever and abdominal pain. While the prison medical staff provided him medication for his symptoms, they didn’t treat him for the virus, […]

Report: Missouri prison system records 2nd staff death from COVID

BY: - October 21, 2020

There are more than 1,000 active cases of COVID-19 among Missouri prison inmates, and a staff member at the Tipton Correctional Center is the second employee of the Department of Corrections to die of the disease, a central Missouri television station reported Tuesday. KMIZ-TV in Columbia reported that Tim Cutt of the Missouri Corrections Officers […]