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Milwaukee Co. Sheriff expected to submit jail medical care outsourcing plan

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is expected to recommend outsourcing the county jail’s medical care to a company from Florida.

Clarke and advocates for jail inmates have been ordered by a judge to submit plans to staffing the jail’s medical unit by next month.

Clarke’s approach would cost an estimated $16 million a year. The Milwaukee County Board has been reluctant to take that approach.

A lawsuit has been filed accusing Clarke and the county of being out of compliance with a court order covering medical care due to several vacancies, including a medical director, a psychiatrist and a program administration.

Circuit Judge William Brash III set the hearing for April 9th.

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