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Medical co-pays for sentenced jail inmates initiated



Published: Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 6:24 p.m.

Medical co-pays for sentenced jail inmates initiated

Medical co-pays for sentenced jail inmates initiated

YOUNGSTOWN

The Mahoning County commissioners have approved co-payments by sentenced county jail inmates for consultations with jail nurses and physicians.

The co-payments will be $5 for each consultation with a nurse and $10 for each consultation with a physician.

The money collected will pay for jail operations and such things as purchases of cameras, computers, and security upgrades, said Sheriff Jerry Greene. “I’m hoping it’s going to generate $5,000 to $10,000 a year,” the sheriff said.

Besides raising revenue, the fees will likely help discourage unnecessary medical consultations, the sheriff said.

The co-payments will be deducted from inmates’ commissary fund accounts.

No inmate will be denied medical service due to inability to pay, the sheriff said.

About 30 percent of the 480 inmates now housed in the county jail have been sentenced, said Maj. Alki Santamas. The remainder are awaiting disposition of their cases.

These new fees are in addition to a $40 inmate reception fee, a $25 sex offender registration fee, and fees for criminal background checks and foreclosures, which the sheriff initiated to generate revenue shortly after he took office Jan. 7.


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1LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

"Besides raising revenue, the fees will likely help discourage unnecessary medical consultations, the sheriff said." I can't believe he actually said that with a straight face. Coming from a Jail that was actually successfully sued for being "Cruel & Unusual Punishment"

I've heard horror stories about the "care" they offer there. During the budget crisis it took 3 days to see a Nurse. So I guess you had better plan in advance when you were going to get sick. Better yet it took 1 1/2 weeks to see some one from Turning Point for psychiatric services. It literally takes up to a day or more to even get a Ibuprofen or some Maalox.

If they could actually provide decent healthcare I wouldn't scoff at the idea of paying co-pays for it, but to be forced to pay for atrocious healthcare in a place that has been repeatedly been sued for being "Cruel & Unusual Punishment" is my limit.

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2123goz(580 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Gee, you mean that ain't a Holiday Inn?

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3vinglass(231 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Hey, I have an idea....Don't do anything to put your butt in jail in the first place!!

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4ytownredux(117 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

MacGowan, you are hanging around with too many criminals who seem to be telling you horror stories. I have toured the the health facilities at the jail and had to make a report, and believe me, they are better than some doctor clinics I have been to. The get some great care there at the jail and as 123 said, you are in jail, you are getting better than you deserve.

Secondly, who sued the jail for cruel and unusual? oh yea, the inmates. They are actually unhappy with their facilitites that had to commit a crime in the first place to get them there. If you look back on it, it was mostly for overcrowding and that was pretty much a joke. As I said, I had to tour the entire jail facilities, and eat one of their meals, along with 15 others and write a report on how it was. Dont believe everything you hear Lt. check it out for yourself.

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5LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

and who ruled that it was indeed Cruel and Unusual punishment? Oh yeah a FEDERAL JUDGE.

If you had ever stepped foot in there you'd see signs posted everywhere telling people about the ruling and they have a federal review board come in every so often

Lets not forget Major Michael Budd either beating up inmates.

Most of the inmates in the county jail haven't been found guilty of a crime and even the ones who have are serving their sentences they deserve to have decent medical care and to not get beaten.

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6LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Also I couldn't given a damn if a man has driven with out a driver's license or got busted for pot possession. I judge them based on the content of their character for consideration of the title "friend".

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7RTS1416(117 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Lt...Give Turning point a call and see how long it takes to get an appointment and what it costs for a visit. You'll find that unless you are planning to harm yourself your going to wait for a week for an appointment and it's going to cost a lot more than ten bucks. Why in the world would a incarcerated criminal deserve better treatment than a productive member of society?

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8JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

>> About 30 percent of the 480 inmates now housed in the county jail have been sentenced, said Maj. Alki Santamas. The remainder are awaiting disposition of their cases. <<

What is meant by "disposition of their cases?"
Is it possible that they are not guilty of a crime?

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9walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Joe,
I would have to believe that they have been charged with a crime, indicted, or had a hearing before a judge who imposed a bail that the defendant could not pay or have sufficient finances to arrange for a bail bond. Which makes me wonder how the suspect can afford to pay the fees the sheriff will impose? It's a great idea but I'm not sure how realistic it is. ANd, if a defendant is found not guilty, do they receive a refund of fees? I actually don't understand how you can take away someone's freedom by incarcerating them and then expect them to pay for basic needs such as food and medical. Not that I have much of a problem with it. A baloney sammich and two Tylenol seem adquate to me. While were at it, let's use more ankle bracelets and let them live at home where they can play video games, smoke a blunt and not cost me minimal tax dollars.

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10LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

wait are you seriously asking why some one who is in jail (incarceration is listed as one of the top 5 most mentally traumatic events in life) where the suicide rate is 10x what it is in the general population, maybe facing the possibility of a very long prison sentence hanging over them, needs to get seen by mental health professionals as quick as possible???

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