NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Armor Correctional Health
Services (Armor) will settle allegations that it failed in its contractually
obligated duties at the Nassau County Correctional Center (NCCC), which placed
inmates’ health in jeopardy.
As per the settlement arrangements, Armor will forgo bidding
on or entering any contract to provide jail health services in the state of New
York. Additionally, the company will pay $350,000 in penalties. Another $100,000 will
go to the Office of the Attorney General, while $250,000 will go toward Nassau
County as reimbursement for Armor’s alleged failings.
“For-profit jail providers must ensure that appropriate
medical care is provided in jails, where many inmates suffer from complex
medical needs,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “When
these companies fail to uphold their contractual obligations, they not only
defraud taxpayers, the health of inmates, and, by extension, the health of the
general population, is jeopardized.”
Schneiderman noted that his office was pleased to
pre-emptively force changes to how Armor’s contract is
monitored. He also talked about the
message it sends to companies.
“This settlement agreement sends a
clear message that companies who fail to provide the required health services
to inmates won’t be tolerated in New York state,” Schneiderman said.