So, DiabetesNewsHound posted this article (http://diabetesnewshound.com/type2/diabetes-salyer) recently about this man who got out of jail by arguing that his health depended on it (he has T2). But I wanted to re-post it because this is an issue I've been thinking a lot about.
I have this friend who went to jail for 9 months, and he told me about how there was a diabetic there, and he couldn't get treated for low blood sugars. That really got me thinking about this issue! And then I did some googling and found some really interesting writing about this subject. Everyone seems to agree that the situation for diabetics in jail and prison is NOT GOOD at all. You get your blood sugar tested twice a day only, a "diabetic meal" (whatever the heck that means), no pump, and little to no treatment of lows. Pumps are not allowed in prison at all. Instead, you get two shots. Crazy. On just two shots, I'd die. Really.
I remember that when I used to go protest the Iraq war, I was really afraid of getting arrested for no reason, like some of my friends had, because I was scared I'd get separated from my insulin (I'm not on the pump).
Here are a couple links of people posting about this topic. The responses are really worth reading, they repeat the same kinds of stories.
It makes me really angry! Partly because I have issues with our justice system/prison industrial complex already, without making it all personal with diabetes. As my friend who worked at a women's prison told me when I asked her what we could do to improve the place she worked, "They need to shut that place down and start over."