Another excellent article from our friends at PLN. Were it not so tragic, this quote would be hilarious; and it may well be true: the others were even worse!
“I never had a problem with him,” said former Emanuel warden Alexis Chase. “In fact, he was one of the best prison doctors I worked with in my prison career.”
There is one reason why such absurd cruelty abounds in our prisons: Not enough judges, prosecutors, others, and not enough of YOU speak out about it!
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Excerpts from the Article:
In September 2015, a Georgia prison doctor was fired for lying on his employment application. The misrepresentations were uncovered earlier that year during an investigation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) into the deaths of nine female prisoners under the doctor’s care. He was cited in a report for providing substandard treatment – as a direct result of which two women died. But a loophole in state law prevented the state medical board from disciplining him, and he now has an application to practice medicine pending in New Jersey.
The AJC investigation found that Dr. Yvon Nazaire had neglected prisoners in obvious distress and regularly canceled requested outside consultations. Prison officials ignored repeated red flags about Nazaire’s care of prisoners and even applauded his ability to control costs by giving him a pay raise.
The newspaper described how at least nine women prisoners under his care died under questionable circumstances. It also found that he had lied about his employment history on the résumé submitted when he was hired.
Advanced practice nurse Marilyn Ringstaff was scheduled to work at Pulaski for three months in the summer of 2011. But she was fired after two months when she complained that Nazaire had rejected her requests to have several seriously ill patients consult with outside specialists. Two of those prisoners eventually died.
Ringstaff sent emails to Chase and Bailey to warn them Dr. Nazaire was creating a dangerous environment. Chase, however, said Ringstaff was a troublemaker who was “overstepping her boundaries, [acting] like she was a physician.” Ringstaff recalled that Nazaire had told her, “You are never, ever to call Dr. Bailey about anything, ever.”
“You’d have to be blind [not] to see it,” said former prisoner Billie Duke. “Her skin, her eyes … at the end she couldn’t get out of bed.”
“From the time she got [to the Emanuel Women’s Facility], it was like a snowball rolling downhill,” added Joe Blalock, Diane’s brother. He said she was “yellow as a banana” when he saw her at the hospital.
In April 2017, eighteen months after Nazaire was fired, his negligence claimed another life. Kimery Finger, 52, a former prisoner at the Pulaski State Prison, died of complications from diabetes. Her right leg had to be amputated below the knee after a cut on her toe was allowed to fester while she was incarcerated. Her attorney, who had already filed notice of intent to sue the DOC and GCHC for malpractice, filed a new notice to sue on behalf of Finger’s family for her wrongful death.
Despite the body count he left behind in Georgia prisons, Nazaire is off the hook with the state’s medical board. In January 2017, before the board could complete its investigation, Nazaire let his license expire – putting him out of the board’s reach. Georgia does not retain disciplinary authority over a medical professional after his license lapses.
“Based on what’s out there in the public domain, it’s difficult to understand how this guy could apply to any medical board for a license,” he stated.