State lawmakers play a major role in advancing the quality of Americans’ lives, from helping to protect the air we breathe and water we drink, to educating our children. By researching emerging topics and developing 50-state comparisons, Pew identifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges. Pew also conducts extensive research and analysis to understand how states can better serve the public, and works with states to develop data-driven, pragmatic solutions to issues such as children’s dental health, the growing costs of incarceration, the need for cost-effective, high-quality home visiting programs, public pensions, and making voting more accurate, convenient, and secure.
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WASHINGTON—State spending on prisoner health care increased from fiscal years 2007 to 2011, but it is trending downward from its peak in 2009, according to a new report from the State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The report, State Prison Health Care Spending: An Examination, analyzes four key... Read More
Per-inmate spending on prison health care grew by a median of 10% over 5 years, peaking in 37 states before 2011. Read More
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