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Inmate heath care costs $3 million
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Sheriff David Davis says the $3.37 million dollar price tag that comes with caring for Bibb County's inmates is just another part of running a jail.

The total budget is 51.4 million dollars.

That means health care only takes up about five percent, but Davis says like many places the cost of healthcare has risen for those behind bars.

"We've had a number of very sick people who have come into the jail who have had to have some very extensive and specialized care and that this company's been able to provide it for us."

Davis says the rate Bibb County gets is on par with jails of a similar size and that cost went up because of inflation.

"For the amount of coverage that we get for over 900 inmates it's just one of the costs of doing business in the jail," Davis said.
The jail is responsible for all necessary medical care from the moment an inmate is placed in custody. No elective procedures, like cosmetic surgery, are allowed. But that million dollar figure only covers physical health.

"We contract with River Edge for mental Health for people who have psychotic episodes and mental health issues," Davis said.
That costs just under $300,000. Some of the medical cost is deferred by the money from the jail's commissary account.

Overall, Davis agrees that the price tag is and may always be hefty for inmate health care, but says the county's getting a fair deal.

This is the second year Correct Health Bibb, LLC has provided healthcare to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.

The contract was put up for a bid, and Correct Health had the best price.


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