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Ill DeKalb Inmates Pose Public Threat, Hearing Told


Atlanta Journal-Constitution (

Dr. Robert Greifinger, a court-appointed medical auditor, told a Superior Court in DeKalb, Georgia, Thursday that not treating inmates' communicable diseases could threaten the public's health. Greifinger--who audited the DeKalb County Jail for three days as part of a suit in which inmates at the jail are fighting for better care--cited tuberculosis, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases as risks to other inmates and jail workers; however, he said they will eventually also affect the public when an infected inmate is released. Greifinger noted he also found several trash bags filled with prisoners' requests for medical treatment. Judge Hilton Fuller has given the plaintiffs and inmates a week to respond to the doctor's report.


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