Connecticut’s approach to affordable housing creates pockets of poverty, locking low-income people out of opportunities that are just around the corner.
A year after the Department of Correction took over inmate medical care, the system remains plagued by staffing shortages that workers say puts patients at risk.
In Southwest CT, the gap between rich and poor is wider than anywhere else in the country. Invisible walls block affordable housing and, by extension, the people who need it.
Prison doctors made a series of requests in October 2017 for patients to see specialists. One inmate had diabetes and was losing sensation in his feet. Another needed special shoes because all of his toes had been amputated due to frostbite. A third patient’s prosthetic foot was worn out with tears and holes and needed to be repaired.
It appears they were all denied care. But the state can’t say for sure.