Yakima County slashes inmate medical costs

Yakima County slashes inmate medical costs
YAKIMA, Wash. -- KIMA learned the jail made major cutbacks to inmate medical expenses.

This year, Yakima county slashed $400,000 from its contract with medical providers.

Since 2010, the jail has cut more than $1.5-million in medical expenses.

The latest changes mean there will no longer be a jail nurse working graveyard but jail managers don't expect a drop in the service.

"You make a plan, you follow a plan; but you have to be willing to come back and revisit it to see if things are working," said Yakima County Jail Director Ed Campbell. "I think that's where we're at with this. I think this is a good plan, it will work well for us."

The jail director says medical staff will still be on call overnight if needed.