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A recent issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer contained an article in which Mid-Western law enforcement officials were complaining about the increasing cost of providing health care to prisoners in county jails. One sheriff, Tim Bivins of Lee County, Illinois, had what he thought was an answer. He said: "I had a case where a guy needed heart surgery, and it was going to cost about $25,000. I went to the state's attorney and got the inmate released for time served. Two months later, I read his obituary.
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