County eyes bill for inmate's care

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GREENFIELD — An additional $66,446 of taxpayer money could be spent to pay for the medical bills of an inmate who was found unconscious from a drug overdose in his Hancock County Jail cell earlier this year.

The Hancock County Council Wednesday discussed a bill for that amount from Select Specialty Hospital, where 21-year-old William Campbell spent 18 days in rehabilitation following a June 27 incident in which he overdosed on drugs that had been smuggled into the jail.

The county has already paid $13,600 for Campbell’s care, the majority of which came from his initial emergency room visit. But sheriff’s Maj. Brad Burkhart told the council he recently received the bill to pay for room and board and rehabilitation expenses.

Per state law, the county is responsible for paying for inmate medical care. Burkhart said the county will try to work with the private facility to get the bill reduced, but as of now, the county must foot the entire expense.

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