Judge ends oversight of Ohio prisons health care


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ended her oversight of the Ohio prisons medical system after concluding the level of service and care has greatly improved.

U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Beckwith on Tuesday said she agreed with a July report that failed to find remaining violations of inmates' constitutional rights.

Cincinnati-based Ohio Justice and Policy Center, a prisoners' rights group, had argued that oversight should continue because prison staffing levels are unable to meet the needs of inmates and are leading to inadequate medical care.

David Singleton, the policy center's executive director, argued inmates weren't getting adequate access to medications and care for cancer and heart complaints.

Beckwith had overseen prison medical care since a 2005 settlement of the policy center's lawsuit.

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