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Homeless inmates raise health concerns at El Paso County Jail
By kktv.com- Tony Keith
Published: 03/20/2019

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Employees at the El Paso County Jail are having to house inmates with contagious health issues, many of them tied to the transient population according to officials with the sheriff's office.

On Tuesday, 11 News learned at least one inmate tested positive for Hepatitis A, another has scabies and a third who has lice.

"They are all isolated incidents," Public Information Officer Jacqueline Kirby with the sheriff's office explained. "They are all being treated appropriately and they are being house appropriately so as not to infect anyone else. We absolutely are seeing an increase in these kinds of issues with our transient and homeless population not getting the medical care they sometimes need."

The health issues are on top of problems tied to overpopulation at the jail. 11 News reported back on Feb. 19 the jail hit a record high for inmates, housing 1,717.

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