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As the Washington Department of Corrections struggles with health care, cancer patients say they suffer

Stephanie Desparois poses for a portrait outside her home in La Center on Dec. 27, 2019. Desparois’ son, Rian Struckman, struggles to get the cancer treatment he needs from the Department of Corrections while in prison.

Prisons are obligated to provide medically necessary health care to incarcerated persons. But inmates, their families and advocates in Washington have long complained that DOC too often fails — an accusation buttressed by news stories and investigations over the past year.

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