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CA Jail Medical Costs Increased Under AB109:  Jennie Rodriguez-Moore of the Record News reports inmates being moved to San Joaquin County Jail as a result of Realignment are costing the county more than initially estimated. The number of inmates in need of medical service rose from 162 to 730 from the first month of Realignment through September. One inmate's medical expenses over a one month period amounted to $18,000. San Joaquin County Jail, like other California jails, was not meant to hold inmates long term. AB109 has forced jails to be filled with offenders serving lengthy sentences and  medical treatments for long term inmates are now being added to the county's costs. 26 percent of the 2,282 inmates seen on-site from October 2011 to September 2012 were AB109ers. Hospital costs for inmates reached $530,000 in the first year, $105,600 of which came from realigned inmates. Prescriptions totaled $740,208, $180,408 of that from realigned inmates. San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore hopes the Realignment jail population will level off, but says that the situation needs to be monitored.

Ex-Felons to Be Given Health Coverage Under Obamacare:  Michael Ollove of Stateline News reports that many of the almost 5 million ex-offenders and the 650,000 inmates released annually will be eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act by January 2014. Arguably, this will fight the spread of chronic and infectious diseases including HIV, Hepatitis C. Inmates have a highers than average disease rate compared to the general population. Ex-cons not eligible for Medicaid due to their income levels may also still be able to get federal tax credits which they could use to pay for health insurance.

MS Murder Suspect Shoots Cop, Himself During Questioning:  Holbrook Mohr and Jeff Amy of the Associated Press report Jeremy Powell, 23, shot and killed Detective Eric Smith before turning the gun on himself Thursday in Mississippi. Powell, a murder suspect, was being questioned at police headquarters in Jackson when he wrestled Smith's gun away from him, fatally shot the detective, then took his own life. Autopsies are being performed Friday and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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