State Must Give Inmate $50,000-plus MedicationJanuary 4, 2017 |
by Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has mandated that the state should provide expensive new medication to former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal to treat his hepatitis C infection.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Abu-Jamal sued to improve the health care he was receiving in prison after he fell into diabetic shock and was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2015.
He spent 29 years on death row following his conviction in the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal’s sentence was reduced to life without parole in 2011.
Judge Robert Mariani on January 3 ordered that a doctor see Abu-Jamal to determine whether there is a medical reason he shouldn’t get the treatment drugs, which can range from $50,000 to $75,000 per person or more.