Inmate Medical Costs on Decline

Early indications point to big "taxpayer" savings when it comes to inmate health care in one Wiregrass county.

Registered nurse Sharon Jefcoat is on call at the Coffee County Jail seven days a week.

Unless it's a medical emergency, Nurse Jefcoat will handle 90 percent of the inmate health issues.

Jefcoat is employed by a Tennessee company that's contracted with the sheriff's department.

In just three-months, officials say it has saved thousands by reducing trips to the emergency room.

Besides saving on inmate medical costs, sheriff's officials say it has saved on transportation expenses and reduces the chance of prisoner escape.

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