By Heather Grimshaw We pay a high price for incarceration. There’s a $182 billion annual price tag attached to the 2.3 million people in prison and jails (see How Many People Are Locked Up In The United States?) —and $12.3 billion of that is attributed to health care (see Following The Money Of Mass Incarceration and Over Half Of State & Federal Prisons Uses Contractors–OPEN MINDS Releases Reference Guide To Correctional Health Care Landscape) And recidivism rates are estimated at 49% within eight years of release (see USSC Recidivism Among Federal Offenders: A Comprehensive Overview). The reason costs are so high? Approximately 50%…
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