You’ve been indicted, been found or pled guilty and are facing prison – now what?
Some defendants being detained and facing incarceration do not have sufficient financial means. Once detained they can be held for days—or years—before they ever see a courtroom. For those defendants:
- Access to medications or medical devices (such as a CPAP, eye glasses, etc.) is necessary.
- When entering prison for the first time, it is necessary to know whether medications are available (on formulary) or not available (not on formulary). If medications are not on formulary, the defendant likely may receive a different medication.
- Who are medically healthy or have never seen a doctor; before the PSI/PSR and Sentencing Hearing is the time to see a physician for a full physical, and if warranted get a mental healthcare evaluation.
- Who are camp eligible: Federal Prison Camps (FPC) are much different than satellite camps (as these are associated with higher security facilities).
The PSR is similar to a doctor’s initial office visit forms, which collect a medical history. But instead of having a nurse or physician review the information, the PSR is verified by probation officers, who are overworked and not medically trained. They’ll interview the defendant and then submit their reports, possibly with placement recommendations to the judge.