ATLANTA (AP) - Prisons now have more power to charge inmates for
their medical costs while behind bars.
Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a measure into law Tuesday that allows
state and county corrections officials to draw up regulations to deduct the money for some medical costs from inmates accounts.
It excludes costs related to pregnancies and chronic illnesses,
which include diabetes, cancer and renal disease.
Prisons are constitutionally required to provide medical care to inmates.
But the measure's sponsors say it is designed to help offset soaring prison medical costs for those inmates able to pay.
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