This great piece, called "Using Muscle to Improve Health Care for Prisoners" is a look at Robert Sillen, the man appointed by a Federal Court in California to deal with the prison health care crisis in the state. Here are a few choice bits:
"Mr. Sillen...attributed the state’s prison problems to tough-on-crime lawmakers who made political hay out of sentencing laws that filled the state prisons without expanding either the facilities or their services. He has a standard diatribe concerning the criminal justice system that includes issues like the neglect of poor neighborhoods and the lack of alcohol treatment programs. “I wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for the politics,” Mr. Sillen said. “No one gets elected in Sacramento without a platform that says, ‘Let’s get rid of rapists, pedophiles and murderers.’ ”"