OK County Medical Funding for Inmates | Local and state

Inmate medical costs have skyrocketed as Angelina County Jail battles overcrowding. Angelina County commissioners had to double the jail’s budget for inmate medical care on Tuesday.

Taking inspiration from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, the county hopes to pay the medical bills that inmates are racking up as they face significant health issues. It’s a problem that seems to follow higher incarceration rates, one the county has particularly struggled with this year.

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