Of the thousands of inmates in Michigan with Hepatitis, only a fraction (less then 1%) receive treatment. It’s appalling. How do I communicate this to a gentleman writing to me for help, without stripping him of hope?
There are waitlists to waitlists for a lot of treatments that prisoners need, and there is only so much we can do to advocate on their behalf. When it comes to Hep C, luckily there have been recent advancements in getting prisoners the treatment they need. This is all due to a lawsuit against the state of Michigan for condemning prisoners to suffer – which is mostly due to how expensive the treatment is. It’s certainly a breakthrough; but how many more lawsuits do we need until all diseases can be treated in a timely manner?