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Frequent Communication with Friends and Family Proven to Lower the Rate of Recidivism

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Written by Allyson Walker

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Roughly two-thirds of the nearly 700,000 people released from U.S. prisons each year will be rearrested and many will be back behind bars within just three years of their release.


A Growing Problem


This sure isn’t helping to reduce the incarceration rate in the United States, which has been the highest in the world for over a decade. In fact, while the U.S. represents only about 5% of the world’s population, it houses 25% of the world’s prisoners. With a cost of $24,000 per inmate per year and $5.1 billion in new prison construction, criminal correction spending is the second-fastest growing budgetary item after Medicaid.

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Affordable Care Act’s Expansion of Medicaid Brings Vital Healthcare to Millions of Inmates

Written by Cyrus Heravi

 

Prisons across the U.S. are signing up inmates for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, transferring a substantial amount of inmate healthcare costs to the federal government.

 

The Affordable Care Act is allowing states to extend Medicaid coverage to single and childless adults, a large part of the inmate population. This means that standard inmate care is still provided and paid for by the states, but hospital stays beyond 24 hours will be covered by Medicaid for signed up inmates.

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