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The price of punishment

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Claude Hoffman, 80, was sentenced to 15-to-life for killing his girlfriend about 18 years ago, an act he committed while drunk. He has lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His stay, not including medications, costs the state $1,500 a week, three times as much as a healthy prisoner. (Larry Letters)
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Carol Hargis, an inmate at the California Institution for Women in Corona, is dying of chronic pulmonary disease. (Larry Letters)
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Helen Loheac is being treated for chronic renal failure that is costing the state more than $400,000 a year as she serves 25 years to life at the California Institution for Women in Corona. (Larry Letters)
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Inmate Frank Parker at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Parker estimates the state has paid more than $1 million for medical treatment during his 20 years in prison. (Larry Letters)
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Corona inmate Norma Jean Jackson suffers from the effects of a stroke, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. (Larry Letters)
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