Hepatitis C

Officers at the Cumberland County Prison walk the halls, Thursday, April 3, 2003, in Carlisle, Pa.
Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections has agreed to treat the state’s nearly 5,000 inmates with hepatitis C over the next three years as part of a federal court settlement expected to be finalized soon.

Advocates for prisoners have filed suits in about a dozen states as prisons have denied drugs to inmates in need because costs of the hepatitis C medication would strain limited prison budgets.