Source:Connor Sheets and Challen Stepehens, Alabama Media Group; Charlie Ornstein, ProPublica
Affiliation:Alabama Media Group & ProPublica
Date:September - December 2019
Stories by Alabama Media Group & ProPublica revealed that in Alabama and at least 24 other states, inmates in medical crisis were often released from jails just before they incurred massive medical debts. Some inmates ended up suffering medical setbacks or even died as a result of sheriffs' refusal to pay for their health care. Many sheriffs claim they only release nonviolent inmates on medical bond, but this series found that they also have released violent offenders - even accused murderers - some of whom reoffended while out on medical bond.