State Prison Health Care Spending

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, State Health Care Spending Project, July 2014

From the summary:
This report finds that state spending on prisoner health care increased from fiscal 2007 to 2011, but began trending downward from its peak in 2009. Nationwide, prison health care spending totaled $7.7 billion in fiscal 2011, down from a peak of $8.2 billion in fiscal 2009. In a majority of states, correctional health care spending and per-inmate health care spending peaked before fiscal 2011. But a steadily aging prison population is a primary challenge that threatens to drive costs back up. The share of older inmates rose in all but two of the 42 states that submitted prisoner age data. States where older inmates represented a relatively large share of the total prisoner population tended to incur higher per-inmate health care spending.

Key Findings:
∙ $7.7B Price Tag
41 States experienced growth in their correctional health care spending from fiscal 2007-2011, with a median increase of 13%.
∙ driving up costs
39 States saw per-inmate health care spending rise from fiscal 2007-2011, with a median growth of 10%.
∙ Spending Peak
34 States saw their total correctional health care spending peak before fiscal 2011.
∙ Graying Prison population
40 Of 42 states surveyed experienced a rise in the share of older inmates from fiscal 2007-2011