Kentucky studies private nursing homes for inmates

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LA GRANGE, Ky. (AP) - As many states grapple with the rising costs of an aging prison population, Kentucky is experimenting with paroling infirm inmates to private nursing homes.

The state legislature has approved a pilot program that requires Kentucky to parole some eligible inmates to the private facilities. Medicaid would pay for most of their medical bills. Death row inmates and sex offenders would be excluded.

Georgia doctor Carlo Musso plans to open a nursing facility in Georgia that would cater specifically to paroled inmates. Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he would like Musso to open a similar facility at the former Otter Creek Correctional facility in Wheelwright.

Stumbo said he has been trying to reopen the facility to create jobs for his district.

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