Health Matters to Prison Reform
Alabama's prisons are facing an unprecedented level of overcrowding and rising health care costs.
By expanding coverage, corrections would see savings as Medicaid is able to cover inpatient hospital care for prisoners.
More than half of all prisoners have some type of mental illness. Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi have the least access to mental health care in prisons and the highest incarceration rates. So, expansion would not only cover inpatient hospital care, but upon release from prison, people with substance abuse and mental health conditions would be much more likely to get care, gain and maintain employment, and avoid going back to prison.
Expansion states have proven that health care matters to prison overcrowding and health care costs.