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Human Rights Watch calls Rafiq Mohammed Butt’s death “the most striking example of denial of health care” among many complaints about lack of medical treatment for Sept. 11 detainees in Hudson and Passaic County, N.J., Jails. Among the other complaints — contested by jail officials — that Human Rights Watch lists: � Lax tuberculosis prevention measures in Passaic County, with inmates circulating in the jail population before receiving TB test results. � An inmate at Hudson County Jail who was given muscle-pain ointment when he was suffering a heart attack. The same inmate, who eventually required angioplastic surgery, was hospitalized only after refusing to leave the jail’s medical center. This detainee also complained that his heart was not listened to at his intake exam. Worries about tuberculosis in New Jersey’s jails have been raised before. New York solo practitioner Martin Stolar says one of his clients, Shakir Baloch, tested positive for TB after being deported to Canada from the Passaic County Jail. Stolar has informed the office of the inspector general, which is working on its investigation of special interest detentions. “I immediately suspected that it might come from his incarceration in either [the Metropolitan Detention center in New York] or Passaic,” he says. His client was not diagnosed with TB in Passaic, however. Officials at the Passaic County Jail did not return multiple calls requesting comment on their quarantine practices. However, Oscar Aviles, deputy director at the Hudson County jail, says keeping new inmates quarantined for a few days until they test negative for TB is standard state prison practice. He notes, however, that some facilities have neither the room nor resources to maintain segregated populations. Aside from health consequences for guards and other inmates, Aviles notes that jails have a liability incentive to follow quarantine rules. “It’s 100 people who are going to turn around and sue. It’s important that we do this to minimize litigation.” The Hudson detainee with the heart condition was Mohammed Munir Gondal, Butt’s cellmate. Hudson County officials say unsubstantiated complaints about the jail are common and understandable — nobody wants to be in jail, and disgruntled detainees are a fact of life.

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