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Is Connecticut Providing Adequate Care For Inmates?

Jenn Vargas

Today, we take a look at a series of disturbing cases of alleged medical malpractice of inmates incarcerated in Connecticut.

State Senator Heather Somers, the co-chair of the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee, will join us. How are legislators investigating the way inmates are cared for in the state prison system?

We also check in with the Hartford Business Journal now that—President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs have been in effect.

What impact are these tariffs having on Connecticut’s manufacturing sector?

And history is being made at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford now that male students have moved into their dorms for the fall semester. The Catholic university has become co-ed after 86 years as an all-women’s college.

We’ll speak with the president of University of St. Joseph. And we ask—is there is still a place for single-gender colleges in 2018?

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Correction: In discussing medical care in Connecticut prisons, our guest incorrectly stated said that some Connecticut prisons do not have medical units.  All  Connecticut Department of Corrections facilities have medical units, although not all facilities have in-patient or 24 hour coverage.


  • Mackenzie Rigg - Reporter for the Connecticut Mirror (@mackrigg)
  • State Senator Heather Somers - Republican from Groton; Co-chair of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Public Health Committee (@SenHSomers)
  • Matt Pilon - News Editor at Hartford Business Journal (@MattPilonHBJ)
  • Scott Jaschik - Editor at Inside Higher Ed (@ScottJaschik)
  • Rhona Free - President of University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT


CT Mirror: CT to pay former inmate $1.3M after claims of improper medical treatment(Mackenzie Rigg, August 2018) – “The state has agreed to pay $1.3 million to a former inmate who claimed correctional staff delayed identifying and properly treating his skin cancer, despite his rapidly deteriorating condition while incarcerated.”

Hartford Business Journal: CT manufacturers scramble to blunt metals tariffs(Matt Pilon, August 2018) – “The impact of tariffs, and strategies deployed to mitigate them, vary from company to company, but three central Connecticut manufacturers interviewed by the Hartford Business Journal reported a combination of efforts that include changing ordering strategies or stockpiling key metals, asking the federal government for tariff exemptions, and diversifying or reshuffling their supplier mix.”

Inside Higher Ed: Can Women's Colleges Attract Women? Can Ex-Women's Colleges Attract Men? (Scott Jaschik, June 2017) – “Rhona Free, the president at Saint Joseph, issued a statement citing statistics that come up frequently when women's colleges make a similar choice. ‘Studies show that less than 1 percent of full-time female college students today attend a women’s college and only 2 percent of female high school seniors say they would consider attending a women’s college,’ Free said. ‘Admitting men will open our doors to 98 percent more women who would otherwise not even consider our high-quality, distinctive educational experience here at USJ.’”

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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