A jury awarded Fields $1.2 million in 2011 after finding Corizon solely responsible for what happened.
In addition to the lawsuits and claims filed against them, Corizon and Wexford both have faced withering official criticism about the delivery of care to inmates.
Idaho: In 2011, the Associated Press reported that Corizon was fined $382,000 by the state for failing to meet some of the most basic healthcare requirements outlined by the state.
• Pennsylvania: Corizon paid a $1.85 million fine to Philadelphia after investigators determined the company had used a front company as a subcontractor to meet city requirements for minority-owned vendors.
• Maine: In 2011, a state agency review of Corizons operations there found that the company maintained medical records poorly and had failed to fulfill contract obligations.
• Mississippi: In December 2007, a joint legislative committee criticized Wexford and the states Department of Corrections for failing to ensure that all inmates received timely access to quality medical care.
• Arizona: Wexford and the states corrections department agreed in January to terminate Wexfords medical services contract in the wake of accusations the company improperly dispensed medicine to inmates and wasted state resources, according to the Arizona Republic.
Florida has had its own problems with the two companies.
In 2006, Corizon, then known as Prison Health Services, backed out of a 10-year state prison healthcare contract saying it wasnt making enough money. The company had won the contract only months before.
In 2004, Florida legislative auditors called Wexfords medical care problematic, according to the Miami Herald. In 2002, the newspaper reported that the Florida Correctional Medical Authority had reprimanded Wexford the year before for poor medical care following the deaths of two inmates.
Florida let bygones be bygones when it hired Corizon and Wexford to help achieve the 7 percent in cost savings mandated for privatization by the legislature.