Released Missouri inmate sues for medical treatment in prison

Posted on January 18, 2022 at 4:27 p.m. and updated on January 18, 2022 at 4:27 p.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care to Missouri jail inmates.

Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC officials left him dependent on a wheelchair and able to stand for only brief periods, KMBC-TV reported.

Strickland, of Kansas City, was released from prison in November after a judge ruled he had been wrongfully convicted of committing a triple murder in Kansas City in 1979.

In her lawsuit, Strickland said Corizon employees at Crossroads Correctional Center and Western Missouri Correctional Center repeatedly denied, delayed and deferred her requests for treatment for spinal stenosis and neurological issues.

According to the lawsuit, Strickland began seeking medical help on February 14, 2017. At several subsequent medical appointments, doctors recommended exercise and prescribed antidepressants and told him to return if his condition worsened.

He also alleges that Corizon staff were unable to provide all necessary medical care onsite, but referrals to offsite specialists were denied.

Strickland is seeking a jury trial and damages related to his treatment.

Corizon Health officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment.


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