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Jail Budget Hampered By Inmate Medical Costs

The medical care provided to inmates at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center is really putting a squeeze on the budget at LPCC according to Warden Rob Reardon

Reardon spoke to Lafayette City Parish Council members and members of the administration during a budget hearing this week.

Things like HIV treatment, lab tests, dental care and more is breaking the bank of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center’s budget.  Reardon says the problems really started when the state handed over management of the local charity hospital to Lafayette General.

Reardon says despite the fact that locally the economy is doing well, his budget is too small for all the expenses they are required to cover for inmates.

Reardon says in order to pay their bills more money would be needed from the courthouse complex fund.  He says the financial issues have been exacerbated by the state’s transfer of University Medical Center to the private Lafayette General Health System.

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