Excessive sterilizations, unhealthy methods alleged
Corey G. Johnson, Center for Investigative Reporting
February 15, 2014
Dr. James Heinrich continued to work despite allegations.
A prison doctor investigated by the California medical board after ordering tubal ligations without state approval is responsible for hundreds of other sterilizations of female inmates, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.
Dr. James Heinrich also has a history of medical controversies and expensive malpractice settlements both inside and outside prison walls. Female patients have accused him of unsanitary habits, medical malpractice and trying to dictate their reproductive decisions.
Despite that history, Heinrich was not only hired by the prison system, but also kept on once a federal judge appointed a receiver to clean up the prison’s medical system.
Heinrich, 69, retired from Valley State Prison for Women in 2011 after working for six years. Federal authorities rehired Heinrich as a contract physician, and he continued…
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