HARRODSBURG - The rising expense of inmate medical care is a concern expressed at every meeting of the Boyle County Detention Center's Joint Jail Committee.
Nothing changed at the meeting Friday at the offices of Mercer County Fiscal Court, but a ray of hope may be on the horizon.
"I believe by next week we may have an agreement (with Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center)," said Boyle County Judge-Executive Tony Wilder, who hopes to get a 15 percent discount for inmate health care.
The cost of prisoners' health care must be paid by the jail that houses them. February's medical bill was $16,545, up about 10 percent over the average month's bill. One inmate is pregnant and near the time of delivery. If she's in the jail when the child arrives, her medical cost will fall to the jail.