Tennessee prisons seek additional funds to combat a hepatitis C epidemic.
The Tennessee prison chief wants an additional $4 million to fight the hepatitis C epidemic currently raging in the state correctional system.
New Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker asked Gov. Bill Haslam for the extra money during the department’s budget hearing Tuesday morning, saying the funds would go toward “increasing the number of offenders treated for hep C within our prisons.”
“This issue with hep C is not just a Tennessee issue, it’s a nationwide issue. Based on our resources that we have available, we’re committed to doing everything we can,” Parker said after the hearing.
There is no guarantee Haslam will include that amount of funding when he submits his budget to the legislature next year. But the department’s request is a stark contrast to its previous stance on hepatitis C treatment.
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