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Report: Medical Costs Are Rising in Virginia’s Prisons

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- A state report says medical care in Virginia’s prisons accounts for a fifth of operating expenses.
           
The information on prison medical costs comes from the Virginia House Appropriations Committee.
           
The report said the cost of inmate health care grew from roughly $140 million a year to more than $230 million a year during the past decade.
           
The report also found that 14% of state prisoners are at least 55 years old. That’s an increase of more than 5% since 2012.
           
One possible way to address the issue is expanding so-called “compassionate release” of prisoners who are terminally ill or permanently disabled physically. State Delegate Mark Sickles of Fairfax said he plans to reintroduce a bill to expand the program.
           

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