WSAZ reported on an interesting proposal for a prison nursing home.   More than 200 jobs could be created if the prison nursing home moves forward.  The skilled nursing facility would cater to ill, end-of-life inmates.  Prisoners with serious medical issues will be placed as parolees in the facility, where a skilled nursing staff can care for them around the clock.

Officials reiterated that those in the facility would not be a danger to the community. The ill prisoners are bedridden and some can’t feed or walk by themselves.

“We’re looking at a possibility of a $5 million payroll based on 1.5 people working for every one bed,” Floyd County Judge Executive Ben Hales told WSAZ.  Prisoners must meet specific criteria outlined by Social Security — then medical bills will be paid through Medicaid and Medicare.

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