Jail Program OK’d
OFFICIALS: PLAN A GOOD INMATE MANAGEMENT TOOL
Posted: April 30, 2012 at 5:37 a.m.
Benton County officials have touted their proposed inmate commissary plan for the Benton County Jail as a tool to help with inmate discipline, a hope that is supported by a similar program already established in the Washington County Jail.
AT A GLANCE
Benton County’s commissary/inmate health plan was approved Thursday by the Benton County Quorum Court. The program will be run in conjunction with the system of inmate accounts being set up for the jail commissary program.
Inmates will be charged a $20 co-pay for any medical visits, whether it’s to see a doctor, nurse or dentist. Inmates also will be charged a $10 co-pay for any prescription medication and an over-the-counter fee for nonprescription medication. The fee for nonprescription medication will be determined by the sheriff or his designee, according to the ordinance. Inmates without money in a commissary account will still be provided medical services. Those inmates will have an outstanding balance in their account and could be charged later.
All of the money raised through the health care program will be used for maintenance, operation and capital expenditures of the county jail.
Source: Staff Report
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