"If a quadriplegic prisoner is not eligible for release, who really is in dysfunctional state prison system?"
Here's another quote from the same Merced Op-ed above:
"State officials say that Martinez's medical bills average about $625,000 a year. That cost is dramatically escalated because when he has to be sent to an outside hospital, that adds $1,000 a day plus $2,100 a day for two correctional officers to guard him round the clock. This cost is outrageous and unnecessary."
What we have here is a jobs program for prison guards and prison guard union members.
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