Issue background | CAPPS
While the numbers have changed from those published in this 2006 CAPPS Consensus article six years ago, the issue is still one that needs to be addressed.
Recent press reports about the prison medical care system not only highlight the poor treatment seriously ill people receive, they raise questions about why we even continue to incarcerate some people.
CAPPS executive director Barbara Levine says: “Michigan must examine the costs and benefits of keeping critically ill and incapacitated people in prison when they are no longer risks to the public. Changes in policy and law could save the state many millions of dollars in medical care and custody costs.”