I contacted Richard Pratt, Director of the Health Services Division at the AZ DOC, inquiring about a reasonable accomodation that would allow Judith to go out for physical therapy. Any reasonably prudent person could see that the chances of her suffering harm from not getting that rehab are pretty good - why would the DOC not help her get there? His response was as follows:
"I have forwarded your concerns to our monitoring team in Perryville to review the records for restrictions that may be in conflict with ADA..."
He said nothing about her particular circumstances, though, which is a way of avoid taking responsibility for solving the problem, so I suggested the following to Judith:
1. file an HNR requesting a new referral for physical therapy,
2. submit a grievance about the transportation policies requesting a reasonable accommodation to her disability,
3. contact the ACLU-AZ and the AZ Center for Disability Law (because they're suing the DOC re: negligent health care),
4. file an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint with the US Department of Justice.
for more resources, see the 8/3/12 Arizona Prison Watch post:
----correspondence from Perryville prison---
SHAME on the AZ DOC for how they have neglected this woman...