ACLU Seeks To Force Missouri To Treat Inmates’ Hepatitis C

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is asking for an emergency court order to force Missouri prison officials to begin testing and treating inmates with hepatitis C.

The ACLU of Missouri says prison authorities have an effective cure for chronic hepatitis C but have given it to only 15 of the 4,590 inmates diagnosed with the condition.

The ACLU sought the emergency order Monday to force prison officials and their medical provider, Corizon LLC, to begin testing and treating the inmates.

The ACLU’s motion is the latest development in a class-action lawsuit alleging the Missouri Department of Corrections and Corizon have systematically denied medical treatment for prisoners with hepatitis C.

The state agency and Corizon declined to comment on the motion because of the ongoing litigation.