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Provide People with Diabetes with Adequate Medical Care


Do you believe that people with diabetes, even in prison, should receive adequate medical care? James Ward, as outlined in diaTribe, receives his insulin three hours AFTER his meals – read about it at

This treatment does not meet a minimum standard of humane care and puts Mr. Ward at high risk for diabetes complications including blindness, nerve damage, amputation, and early death. Due to substandard care, Jay already suffers from painful diabetic neuropathy in his legs.

This is not right.

To improve the situation, we would respectfully request that USP Leavenworth either allow insulin to be injected before meals begin, send inmates straight to the clinic from the dining hall for their insulin, or allow people with diabetes to change meal times to better serve their medical care.

Jay also contracted hepatitis C, a viral infection affecting the liver, due to unsanitary conditions. He is not receiving any treatment for it at USP Leavenworth for unknown reasons. 

If USP Leavenworth is not capable or refuses to make appropriate changes, and if they continue to view healthcare as a privilege, not a right, we would respectfully request that James should be elsewhere.

Join us in protesting this unacceptable care for people with diabetes.

This petition was delivered to:
  • United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS
    Warden Claude Maye
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
    Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr.
  • Department of Justice
    Attorney General Eric Holder

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