Reconnecting Practicing Hygienists with the Nation's Leading Educators and Researchers.

Incarcerated Man Deplores the Lack of Dental Care in Minnesota Prison

A Native American man, Keith Crow, who is incarcerated at Rush City Prison in Rush City, Minnesota, recently wrote an opinion piece decrying the lack of dental care. Despite constitutional mandates for medical care, inmates are left grappling with decaying teeth and abscesses without recourse to proper treatment. When Crow sought dental care at the health services office in the prison, he was treated by a dental assistant who explained that the institution had not had a dentist on staff in more than 3 years. She advised him to seek Tribal funding for dental care outside of the prison. Crow’s personal plight exemplifies the larger issue: trapped between federal regulations and geographical limitations, accessing dental care becomes a logistical nightmare. In seeking solutions, the inmate suggests radical measures, including potential legal recourse and even transferring to another facility for dental appointments. The author’s closing question — whether they’re ensnared in a twisted reality akin to the Twilight Zone — poignantly encapsulates the surreal nature of their predicament and the urgent need for systemic reform within the prison system. Click here to read more.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy

Dimensions' Discovery EXPO - Get early bird pricing through July 31, 2024!

Coupon has expired

Get Early Bird Pricing!