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Fricano v. Lane County, et. al.

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The CLDC filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Angelo J. Fricano against Lane County, Corizon Health, Inc., and one individual for violating Mr. Fricano’s right to receive adequate medical and mental health care while incarcerated at the Lane County Adult Corrections Center. Mr. Fricano was arrested and jailed in the midst of a severe psychosis. He had no history of mental health issues. Mr. Fricano was held for 16 days in solitary confinement and the charges related to his arrest were ultimately dismissed. The lawsuit suit centers around the apparent unconstitutional policies, practices, and procedures of the County and Corizon that prevented Mr. Fricano from receiving adequate treatment. The case illustrates the perverse incentives for corporations like Corizon to cut costs and services in pursuit of profit. We hope Lane County and other municipalities will hesitate before inviting private corporations to perform a task that is properly reserved to an entity without a profit motive. Read more about that case here.