Carol Lester, a 73-year-old grandmother serving time in New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility in Grants, is suing Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest private prison companies in the world, and Corizon, Inc, a private prison health care company, for denying her medical care and keeping her in solitary confinement for over a month.
filed in late November, charges that the warden deliberately put her in
solitary confinement because she complained to lawmakers and Department
of Corrections officials that she and other women were being denied
Lester plead guilty to embezzling money from her employer to feed a
gambling addiction in 2010. Soon after beginning her three-year
sentence, the lawsuit charges that the privately run prison stopped
giving her the prescribed medication she had been taking for thyroid
cancer and gave her a new medication that made her sick. Lester started
fainting on a regular basis, and medical staff told her she may have a
serious heart condition. However, they did not send her to a specialist
or a hospital, and her health deteriorated rapidly.