Connecticut mother seeks release of inmate health records


A Waterbury mother who waited more than three years to receive her late son’s medical records and other documents from Connecticut’s Department of Correction says families shouldn’t have to wait that long.

Keshanna Staten testified Wednesday before a legislative committee, urging state lawmakers to support legislation making such information available more quickly. The bill would allow those who’ve filed a legal claim against the state in connection to a fatality or permanent disability suffered at a correctional facility to receive all medical and other records.

Staten’s 19-year-old son, Karon Nealy Jr., an inmate at Manson Youth Correctional Institution in Cheshire, died in 2015 of a lung infection after waiting nearly seven months to see a doctor. Staten says she didn’t receive any documents concerning his death until two weeks ago.

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