The new head of the Illinois Department of Corrections, Michael Randle, has made attacking the rising health care costs in Illinois prisons a top concern. Randle was previously a high ranking prison official in Ohio. He participated in programs that shifted the cost of treatment of ill inmates to the federal government. Randle plans on visiting every Illinois prison so that he may determine how to go about reducing prison health care costs.
The total cost to Illinois taxpayers for health care in prisons amounts to $118. That comes out to $2,600 per inmate. The cost of prison health care has risen over 60% since 2001.
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