Audit begins into medical care at Milwaukee County jails

Posted at 11:02 AM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 12:02:58-05
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee County auditors have started an investigation into medical care at the county jail where four people have died in recent months.
Audit director Jerry Heer says his staff will investigate whether Armor Correctional Health Services is meeting the requirements for medical care. Amor contracts with the county to provide care at the Milwaukee County Jail and the House of Correction.
County Board chairman Theodore Lipscomb Sr. recently requested an audit for both jails after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel detailed Armor's staffing and performance issues in light of the four deaths.
The Milwaukee County Jail, run by Sheriff David Clarke, holds about 950 inmates daily. The House of Correction, run by county officials, has about 1,250 on a daily basis. The deaths, including a newborn, are under investigation.