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Outside Medical Costs For Marion County Jail Inmates Drops Dramatically

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Marion County Sheriff Jerry DeVore told the Marion County Board's Law Enforcement Committee Wednesday night that the cost of outside medical care for jail inmates dropped to just $143.64 in October.  

DeVore reported the amount has come down dramatically since Advanced Medical Care began providing the medical care in July.   He says the cost for outside medical care in July was $4,156, in August $1,116 and in September $674.  DeVore reports the cost of prescription medication is also down along with the cost of guarding prisoners at the hospital.  He is happy with the service and reports the company is paying bills to the hospital promptly.  

The news wasn't so good on the cost of housing juveniles at the Franklin County detention center.  Another $13,376 was spent in October, bringing the total for the fiscal year that ends December first to $79,423.  That's more than $14,000 over budget.   

DeVore reported the Marion County Jail had 112 inmates on Wednesday, including 32 being held for the federal government and one for Jefferson County.   

Marion County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator Donnie Brooks reported members of his department worked 375 hours and traveled 4,200 in providing Halloween patrols this year.  Brooks said they concentrated on cemeteries and and churches.   DeVore noted very little vandalism was reported.  

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