According to the AJC who quoted a sheriff's department spokesman, the cost of the jail's infirmary and clinic will cost the taxpayers 40 million dollars over the next 5 years, or 8 million dollars per year.
The county jail was built to house 3700 inmates. At 8 million dollars a year, that is roughly $2,162 per inmate a year for medical cost.
The proposed contributions to Grady Hospital operations in 2011 by Burrell Ellis is 13 million dollars. The population of DeKalb County is roughly 740,000. So, that would be about $17.50 per citizen a year for medical cost. A difference of $2144 per year.
This does not include the cost when the jail medical staff refuses someone who has been arrested, and the police department has to transport them to Grady hospital, and guard them until they are medically cleared. If the medical condition is something minor, it can take up to 24 hours or longer for them to be released by Grady medical staff.
If there ever needed to be an outside investigation into corruption of our elected officials, from the sheriff to each and every commissioner, the time is now.
Like they say, "follow the money".