Aug 02 18:37

The Cost of Inmate Care

“The cost for providing medical care for a prisoner older than 65 is nearly nine times higher, averaging $8,500 per year compared with just $961 for younger inmates, according to state figures.

“That’s a big part of these older prisoners. The medical expenses just eat the state budget alive,” said Mark Jones, an author and professor of criminal justice at East Carolina State University.”

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