ACLU Says State's Prisons Border Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska says health care for inmates in the state's prisons and county jails borders on cruel and unusual punishment.

The chapter's executive director, Tim Butz, says a study to be released Friday show the correctional system fails to provide adequate medication and other forms of treatment to people behind bars.

Butz says the study is based on more than 100 complaints received during a two-year period.

The ACLU says incidents include a jail suicide, a death in state prison from untreated asthma and cases in which care was provided only after the ACLU intervened with jail authorities.