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Court cases, advocacy reports, and news accounts paint a troubling--albeit necessarily anecdotal--portrait of a prison-industrial complex that is ill-equipped to deal with the complicated logistical, medical, and emotional consequences of incarcerating increasing numbers of pregnant women.
He also stands accused of slave trade offences after allegedly sexually abusing and incarcerating his daughter in the cellar of his home.
Members of Michigan Partners in Crisis say that incarcerating the mentally ill is causing a statewide crisis manifest in crowded prisons and the Michigan Department of Corrections' $2 billion-a-year budget.
The cost of incarcerating an elderly inmate is about $69,000 a year.