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

  • 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

  • Prison Health Care Spending Varies Dramatically by State

    Every state has an interest in delivering health care in its prisons that conforms to constitutional requirements and leverages opportunities to improve public health and reduce crime and recidivism. Nevertheless, the provision of care throughout the country varies significantly. There is no starker evidence of this dissimilarity than the wide range in what states spend per inmate. Read More

  • Pharmaceuticals in State Prisons

    Adults who are incarcerated have a higher-than-average prevalence of infectious diseases, hypertension, asthma, arthritis, mental illness, and substance use disorders, often in combination. Since departments of corrections (DOCs) are legally obligated to treat individuals in their custody, they—like all health care purchasers in this country—face the challenge of pharmaceutical prices... Read More

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