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October 16, 2013
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Older-inmate model being studied by other states

Nevada is far from alone when it comes to paying a premium for its aging inmate population, said Director of Corrections Greg Cox. Every state has the same issues stemming from the “truth in sentencing” movement of the 1990s, he said. Truth in sentencing means longer sentences with stiffer parole requirements that keep inmates from being freed. In Nevada, the number of inmates older than 60 makes up just 5 percent to 6 percent of the total population, but those inmates consume nearly 20 percent of outside medical costs — procedures that can’t be done at the system’s Regional Medical …

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