January 19, 2012

USA: Budget includes pitch for aging offender facility

ATLANTA / Associated Press / January 18, 2012

Tucked into the $1 billion midyear budget proposal for the corrections department is a novel pitch to convert a shuttered state facility into a nursing home that would house some elderly sex offenders.

Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens said Wednesday that Gov. Nathan Deal's budget proposal calls for $6 million to transform the facility at Bostick State Prison in Milledgeville into a 150-bed nursing home for "medically fragile" inmates.
Owens said sex offenders are expensive as they grow older and nursing homes usually won't admit them.
He said Georgia's pardons board could grant a medical reprieve to some elderly sex offenders and then transfer them to this facility. Owens said the medical provider contracted to the facility would then use Medicaid funding rather than state corrections money to provide care.
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