Florida prisons to cut programs due to health care cost hike

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Posted at 8:00 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 11:43:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Department of Corrections says the budget the Legislature approved in March fell $50 million short for prisoner health care and medicines, so it's forced to cut services like substance abuse treatment and prisoner re-entry programs.

The department announced late Tuesday it will cut nearly $30 million in contracted programs and services to make up for the shortfall. Another $20 million will be cut from prison operations on top of $24.9 million in cuts in the budget that goes into effect July 1.

Mental health and substance abuse services for offenders on probation or parole will be slashed by $9 million. Prisoners in separate facilities for drug abuse therapy will be switched into less expensive work release programs to save another $6 million.

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