On July 19, 2013, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a grant of summary judgment to three defendants, holding there was sufficient evidence for a jury to find they acted with deliberate indifference to a prisoner’s serious dental needs. Richard M. Smego, a civil detainee at Illinois’ Rushville Treatment and Detention Center, filed suit…

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Inmates incarcerated within the Federal Bureau of Prisons are entitled to a certain level of medical care throughout the duration of their incarceration.  This level of medical care is not the same as one would have access to in the community, but does include credentialed health care professionals who can provide access to health services…

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By Christopher Zoukis For the past year I have been seeking meaningful dental care.  This isn’t to say that I’ve only been seeking it for the past year, but that the current matter has been on my plate for the past year.  Thus, my teeth hurt. The story starts in 2009.  Five years ago I…

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