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Prisoners' Suit Says New Jersey Ignored Hepatitis to Save Money For a decade, Walter L. Bennett waited to release the pause button on his life, stride through the gates of the South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, N.J., and begin his life anew. Convicted of armed robbery in 1992, he was finally about to make that walk last June. But before he could resume his life as a free man, he found it endangered by a harsh truth from his captivity: he had tested positive for hepatitis C.


The Economic Cost to New Jersey’s Taxpayers

Restricting access to sterile syringes is not only bad public health policy, it is bad economic policy. There are currently approximately 32,300 people living with HIV in New Jersey. More than half of them became infected by sharing contaminated needles, or having sex with someone who did. The current estimated lifetime cost of care for someone living with HIV is $618,000. This means New Jersey has spent, and will continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on medical costs to treat injection-related HIV infections that could have been prevented by access to sterile syringes. Pdf 116 kb

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