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.