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State Prison Health Care Spending: State Fact Sheets

Health care and corrections have emerged as fiscal pressure points for states in recent years as rapid spending growth in each area has competed for scarce revenue. The intersection of these two spheres—health care for prison inmates—also has experienced a ramp-up, reaching nearly $8 billion in 2011. In a majority of states, correctional health care spending and per-inmate health care spending peaked before fiscal year 2011. However, a steadily aging prison population threatens to drive costs back up.

The data presented here are from the State Health Care Spending Project’s 50-state analysis of prison health  care spending from fiscal 2007 to 2011. Read “State Prison Health Care Spending: An Examination” for the full analysis

Alabama Kentucky North Dakota
Alaska Louisiana Ohio
Arizona Maine Oklahoma
Arkansas Maryland Oregon
California Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Colorado Michigan Rhode Island
Connecticut Minnesota South Carolina
Delaware Mississippi  South Dakota
District of Columbia* Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas 
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois  New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming

*Only the 50 states were included in this analysis.

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State Prison Health Care Spending

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.

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