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The unintended consequence of long term incarceration.. a costly medical situation
Interesting article from the Washington Times, Virginia abolished parole in 1995 and now are saddled with taking care of older inmates along with all of their medical needs..
Medicare Part A will continue, but the Part B that requires payment will terminate.. not only are the medical issues more costly, but if hospitalized or need a clinic service it is expensive to send correctional officers with the inmate for security purposes.
When back in prison, may need special housing and accomodations because of protection issues and special medical needs..
This will occur more pronounced in big states where the 3 strikes rules comes into play... New York and California come to mind, but about half the states have some form of that law.
RICHMOND — The number of inmates in Virginia age 50 or older has increased nearly sevenfold over the past 20 years, and the average cost of providing them with specialized health care was nearly seven times the average expenses for younger prisoners in fiscal 2010.
As the state’s prison population grows older and sicker — and with many inmates ineligible for release because of the abolition of parole in 1995 — Virginia will be hard-pressed to find a way to pay for it all, corrections officials told Virginia's House Appropriations Committee on Monday.
The cost of off-site services, including inpatient and outpatient hospital treatment and specialty physician care, increased by 19 percent — or $8.7 million — from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011, not including pharmacy costs. The state spent about $54.5 million in fiscal 2011 on off-site health care services for inmates, up from $45.8 million in fiscal 2010.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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