HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Commit a crime in Madison County, and you find yourself in the Madison County Detention Center.
Quarters are cramped, but if you're serving out a misdemeanor sentence or waiting for your trial, you get a few perks. They keep you healthy.
The Detention Center's Chief Deputy Steve Morrison says, "We're required constitutionally to provide medical care while they're in jail."
Morrison tells us some inmates have medications that cost $5,400 in taxes a month. It adds up fast.
According to Morrison, "The budget for medical care in the facility is around $3 million a year."
Some people really get the most out of their all-expense paid stay.
"It cost us $186,000 at one time to put a pacemaker in a gentleman here," Morrison tells us.
That's just one inmate. At any given time, they've usually got about 949 more of them. Plus, it's your hard-earned money that keeps them going.
Find out what's driving the problem in this Taking Action Investigation.
Because Morrison says, "Things are only going to get worse."
This WHNT News 19 Taking Action Investigation airs tonight (Thursday, November 7) at 10 p.m.