Tax Vote Will Influence Alabama Inmate Health Care

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The quality and quantity of medical care for Alabama prison inmates is among state services hanging in the balance in a Sept. 9 referendum on Gov. Bob Riley’s tax proposals, the Birmingham News reports. Prison Commissioner Donal Campbell has told more than 300 vendors that they have until Sept. 10 to file written proposals for providing medical services for inmates during the next three years.

If the tax plan fails, “We’re all going to have to go back and revisit our budgets and see where we cut and where we don’t cut,” said Deputy Commissioner Terrence Jones.

Campbell notified NaphCare, the current contractor running the health program, on May 2 that its $29.5 million-per-year contract would be cancelled around Aug. 1. Campbell has told members of the state legislature’s prison oversight committee that he can’t sign a new medical services contract until he gets a budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, and that won’t happen until after the referendum.


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