- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Caddo Parish has spent over $200,000 this year on medication for Caddo Correctional inmates living with HIV.

The Times (https://bit.ly/1YzK6us ) reports the parish has already surpassed the amount spent last year on HIV medication.

Prison nurse Sheila Wright says HIV medication can cost between $1,000 to $2,000 a month per prescription. She says the medical staff monitors inmates who are extremely expensive. State law mandates parishes provide health care for incarcerated individuals.

Parish administrator Woody Wilson says the jail tries to move high-cost inmates through the criminal justice process and out of the jail due to the expense of their care.

Megan McLemore, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, says the process could result in one inmate moving through the judicial process faster than another charged with the same crime.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com

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