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The ACLU and the MacArthur Justice Center of Missouri are asking a judge to order the expedited treatment of prison inmates infected with the hepatitis C virus. 

They’ve filed a class-action lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections and its private medical provider, Corizon, but that may not get started for another year. 

Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.
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A federal appeals court will soon decide whether Missouri inmates with hepatitis C will be included in a class-action lawsuit seeking treatment for thousands of other state prisoners.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the MacArthur Justice Center filed a federal lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections and prison health-care provider Corizon in December 2016. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of three inmates with hepatitis C, claims the department’s policy of only treating people with the most serious symptoms of the virus constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and violates the Eighth Amendment.