Got a toothache? Who cares?
“For there was never yet a philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.” — William Shakespeare We don’t do a lot of thinking about our teeth. Not until something goes wrong...cavity perhaps, maybe a broken tooth. Then we call our dentist. Need help right away. 'T’ain’t that way in Michigan prisons, however, and it may take a lawsuit to change it. Here’s the sad story about our Michigan Department of Corrections. Prisoners cannot get dental care during their first two years in prison! The only time they can is if the treatment is considered urgent — and being toothless does not count! The amazing thing is the MDOC doesn’t see anything wrong with this! Department spokesman Chris Gautz told a writer for the Marshall Project that the agency’s dental care (or lack of) does not violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment and is “far better than what the majority of the prisoners received prior to entering prison.” As if that makes an