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Jail medical care contract extended

The company that provides medical care to Allen County Jail inmates will do so for another two years after Allen County commissioners agreed today to extend the contract.

The agreement calls for the county to pay Professional Jail Medical Care LLC $15,467 a month or $185,000 a year to operate a medical clinic and provide a physician to inmates. The county hires additional nursing staff to assist the physician.

Sheriff Kenneth Fries said he has been happy with the company’s level of service. The contract extension, along with a new prescription drug company the jail is now using, is expected to save the county money in medical and drug costs for inmates in the next few years, Fries said.

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