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A Plea for Rosemary

Beverly (Chopper) Henry

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0050
A Plea for Rosemary

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Rosemary Willeby died on October 22, 1999. Rosie was one of many women prisoners diagnosed with both HIV and the hepatitis C virus. The year before, she arrived at the Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) to serve a short sentence and then return to her mother and children. Her health soon began to decline. Rosie needed the fluid in her abdomen drained. She was confident that if she could get to Madera Hospital in a timely manner, treatment and a compassionate release were in order. When she was finally taken to Madera Hospital, it was too late. Anyone could easily see that Rosie needed emergency care and a compassionate release, but for reasons unknown/inhumane (or whatever), no one in CCWF's Medical Department could find it in their hearts to request emergency treatment or expedite a compassionate release for Rosie. Rosie's case underscores the need for better medical treatment and compassionate releases for every prisoner in need of such, and to grant them in a timely manner.

Keywords: Rosemary Willeby; women prisoners; HIV; hepatitis C; Central California Women’s Facility; compassionate release; medical treatment; emergency care

Chapter.  549 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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