Monte B. Callaway blew off his jaw trying to commit suicide. Now he wants the state of Oregon to pay an estimated $45,000 to fix his face while he serves a prison term. The state says it won’t because the surgery is cosmetic, not necessary.
Callaway is making his case himself in suits filed in federal court, the Oregonian reported Friday.
His unusual claim is part of a prison medical care system that costs taxpayers $100 million a year. Federal courts have ruled that inmates have a constitutional right to medical care equal to what’s available on the outside.
I am surprised the state is not rushing to help this guy. The prison system has done sex changes and given kidneys to prisoners on death row so why not this?/sarcasm