By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
The state of Alabama is in the process of determining a new contract for providing medical care and mental health services to state inmates in the prison system.
Evaluating mental and general healthcare providers is a result of federal Judge Myron Thompson’s judgment that state-provided psychological healthcare services within the department of corrections were “horrendously inadequate.” Thompson’s ruling on prison mental health services is seen by many as an omen of what is coming when the Judge decides on general medical care in correctional facilities. Rather than wait for the next nail in the justice system coffin, Gov. Kay Ivey’s administration is in the process of selecting a provider that can meet the standards of care that Judge Thompson will deem adequate.