The old Bostick State Prison in Milledgeville could reopen as a nursing home for state inmates, if the state House and Senate approve spending $6 million suggested by Gov. Nathan Deal.
State inmates who develop mental or physical disabilities have to go somewhere, and that demand is rising as the population ages.
Bostick is a suitable site because it’s in a prison complex, far from homes or schools, said Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens. Sex offenders cannot legally live in many neighborhoods, and convicts may not make popular neighbors in others.
A private company would run the nursing home, and Medicaid would pay the inmates’ bills, Owens said. If approved, state funds for renovating the building could start flowing in the second half of 2012.
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Regents, governor want money for veterinary teaching hospital
This year, the Georgia Board of Regents and the governor both want to spend $52.3 million on a new veterinary medicine teaching hospital at the University of Georgia’s Athens campus.
The school already has raised $15 million on its own for the building. Rural large animal vets are in such short supply in Georgia that the state offers tuition payments for people who get a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine and will practice in the country.