Inmate Health Care and Communicable Diseases

Source: Corrections Compendium, Vol. 35 no. 4, Winter 2010

For fiscal or calendar year 2009, 44 U.S. correctional systems reported actual expenditures of $4.38 billion to pay for medical care for the inmates housed in their facilities. The average amount spent per inmate indicated by 39 of the reporting systems that were able to provide actual figures was $4,940. Information received form the two responding Canadian systems is not included in this summary but is noted on the individual tables.

The table includes the following by state:
– Average Daily Population in 2009
– Percentage Allocated From Total DOC Budget
– Actual Expenditure From Total DOC Budget
– Average Annual Expenditure Per Inmate
– Budget Changes From 2008 to 2009
Increased, Decreased, Same, and Reasons for Change
– Consent Decree Mandate
– Total Staff in 2009
Internal, Contracted
– Staff Changes From 2008 to 2009
Increased, Decreased, Same, and Reasons for Change

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