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Investigative

PRIVATE PRISONS

Prisons healthcare

Prison medical suits show patterns: Meds stopped, treatment delayed

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Prisoners are notoriously litigious, one reason why Corizon and the companies that merged in 2011 to form it — Prison Health Services and Correctional Medical Services — are named in several hundred lawsuits and reports examined by The Palm Beach Post.

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Donna Pickelsimer

Private prison health care leaves inmates in pain, sometimes dying

Inmates called her Red, for the thick auburn hair her beloved older sister once painstakingly curled. Smart as a whip at 9, Donna Pickelsimer was troubled in her teens, struggling with alcohol in her 20s and, at 52 a convict, sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Under the care of Florida’s newly privatized prison health system, she didn’t last four.

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COUNTY REAL ESTATE

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Property values: Who’s sitting on a gold mine?

Although many local governments boast they will hold their property tax rates flat next year, the increase in taxes paid to Palm Beach County taxing districts will more than double under preliminary tax proposals released last week, a Palm Beach Post analysis found.

» INTERACTIVE MAP: Find out what your neighbor's home is worth


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