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Lewisburg Prison Project officials are happy to hear Northumberland County is considering building a prison to replace its 130-year-old jailhouse. However, the inmate advocate group is concerned that the lockup's medical services provider is conducting its own investigation into allegations of improper health care inside the aging facility 's walls. Lewisburg Prison Project officials said they are closely monitoring allegations made by two former employees of PrimeCare Medical Inc.,  that inmates were not receiving proper medical attention and records were being doctored.

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The move to contracted services was the result of a Iawsuit filed by the Lewisburg Prison Project, on behalf of inmates due to inadequate health care and unsafe housing conditions. A $1.5 million settlement was reached in 2010, and the county upgraded the building and hired Prime Care. A final inspection was held in April 2012, resulting in the Lewisburg Prison Project agreeing to no further legal  action against the county and the prison. 


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After a federal lawsuit filed by the Lewisburg Prison Project on behalf of inmates who felt they were receiving inadequate healthcare and unsafe housing conditions, prisons had to contract with healthcare services.  A main healthcare provider, Primecare, used by many prisons in Pennsylvania's counties, has recently been under investigation for claims that inmates were not treated in a timely manner, medicines would run out and inmates would have to wait up to a week for refills, and several other accusations.

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The move into contracted services was a result of a federal Iawsuit filed by the Lewisburg Prison Project, on behalf of inmates due to inadequate health care and unsafe housing conditions. A $1.5 million settlement was reached in 2010, and the county upgraded the building and hired Prime Care. A final inspection was held in April 2012, resulting in the Lewisburg Prison Project agreeing to no further legal  action against the county and the prison. The prison earned a certificate of accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care for its compliance with the organization's standards for health service in jail.

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Two former PrimeCare Medical Inc. employees who worked at the Northumberland County Prison claim the company falsified medical records and withheld or provided wrong medication to inmates. The Lewisburg Prison Project filed a class-action lawsuit against Northumberland County over inadequate medical care and housing conditions in 2010 and led to the hiring of PrimeCare. Dave Sprout, a paralegal for the Lewisburg Prison Project, said his agency had no part in selecting PrimeCare. "We just wanted someone reputable," he said, adding that he was surprised to learn of the allegations against the company that provides medical services to about 18,000 inmates.

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Dave Sprout talks about the problems facing mentally ill inmates after the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections. 

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Inmates at the Northumberland County Prison filed a lawsuit against the inhumane conditions at the jail. Dave Sprout speaks about the age of the prison and how, despite any changes, conditions are always poor. 

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