Matt McKillop

Matt McKillop

  • Officer
  • Research and Content, State Fiscal Health,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Matt McKillop is an officer for Pew’s state and local fiscal health project. He manages new research for Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis, an online resource that helps policymakers gain insights into fiscal, economic, and demographic trends affecting their states. McKillop also leads Pew’s research on state and local correctional health care. He examines states’ and localities’ spending to care for people in prisons and jails; monitoring of health care quality; and promising practices for facilitating continued care after they are released. This work helps policymakers assess and improve their correctional health care systems.

Before joining Pew, McKillop led advocacy and community organizing campaigns for So Others Might Eat, a nonprofit organization that serves poor and homeless residents of the District of Columbia. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kalamazoo College.

Recent Work

  • Quality Monitoring, Evolving Since Nineteenth Century, Can Improve Prison Health Care

    The health care that prisons provide affects more than simply the well-being of incarcerated people. Inadequate treatment for infectious diseases and behavioral health conditions, for example, can undermine efforts to strengthen public health and safety in the communities to which individuals return. Assessments of what taxpayers are getting for their prison health care dollars and how that... Read More

  • Aging Prison Populations Drive Up Costs

    Prison populations are shrinking, reflecting a decade-long movement by states to enact policies that reverse corrections growth, contain costs, and keep crime rates low. At the end of 2016, fewer people were held in state and federal prisons than in any year since 2004.But despite this overall reduction, one group in prisons is surging: older individuals. Read More

  • State Prison Health Care Spotlight Series

    To accompany its October 2017 report “Prison Health Care: Costs and Quality—How and Why States Strive for High-Performing Systems,” The Pew Charitable Trusts has published a series of analyses that explain key findings and themes on how health care is funded and delivered in state-run prisons, as well as how care continuity is facilitated upon release of those who have been... Read More

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