Geoff Dornan
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October 13, 2013
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Aging prisoners boost costs

One of the things lawmakers didn’t see coming in the mid-1990s, when they passed the “truth in sentencing” legislation, was the long-term impact on prison costs and population. Truth in sentencing translates to longer, harder sentences for a wide variety of crimes. That means a larger overall prison population in the state and a progressively older inmate population. And that means growing medical costs, given that the majority of inmates didn’t live the healthiest of lifestyles before they were incarcerated. Charles Schardin, medical administrator for the Department of Corrections, said that at this point, just 5.8 percent of the 13,000 …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Oct 13, 2013 02:11AM Published Oct 16, 2013 10:59AM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.