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What is the best way to transport an inmate? Should officers be armed? Should inmates know about their travel? The answers are many and varied. Hospitals also seem to be at odds with what's best and what's right regarding staff safety and their ethical obligation to care for all. This week, we review the challenges South Carolina and other departments face as they manage their own transport issues.
Jim, Corrections.com editor

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The doctor is out

By Ann Coppola

Safe travels

There’s a good chance that on any given day, at any number of hospitals across the United States, an inmate is receiving care from a non-correctional nurse or doctor. In these situations, the ultimate objective of hospital administrators – saving lives – can sometimes clash with the ultimate objective of corrections officials – security. Even worse, like so many other seemingly routine corrections procedures, outside medical appointments have the potential to turn into deadly incidents.

“Across corrections in this country if you look at the most serious, bad outcomes over the past few years, they’ve all been transport related,” says South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Jon Ozmint, who chairs the American Correctional Association’s staff safety issues committee. “Transports used to be routine, but we can’t treat them like they’re routine anymore.” Read this week's full story.

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