Reconsidering Costs of Longterm Prisoner Care

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-martinez5may05,1,4432351.story?coll=la%2Dhome%2Dleftrail California's budget crisis is prompting questions about whether the expense of incarcerating inmates with special medical needs can be justified when legislators are contemplating cuts to child care centers, aid for the blind, community colleges and other programs. The Los Angeles Times cites inmate Steven Martinez, a quadriplegic since he was stabbed by another inmate in 2001. Corrections officials say Martinez, 34, may . . .

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