The prison pop­u­la­tion

Health­care costs for the U.S. prison pop­u­la­tion de­creased slightly be­tween 2009 and 2011. But ex­perts are con­cerned that those costs will soar in the near fu­ture as the num­ber of in­mates over age 55 in­creases and the cor­rec­tions pop­u­la­tion gets sicker.

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$7.7bil­lion

Amount spent on cor­rec­tional health­care in 2011 com­pared with $8.2 bil­lion in 2009 —Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trust

$7,142

Me­dian health­care costs per in­mate in states with the largest share of in­mates age 55 and older be­tween 2007 and 2011, com­pared with $5,196 for states with the low­est share —Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trust

204%

Per­cent­age in­crease in the num­ber of pris­on­ers age 55 and older from 1999 to 2012 —Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trust

40

Num­ber of states that saw a per­cent­age in­crease in older in­mates be­tween 2007 and 2011

13%

Me­dian growth in cor­rec­tional health­care spend­ing for 41 states that ex­pe­ri­enced spend­ing in­creases from 2007 to 2011 —Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trust

1.57mil­lion

Es­ti­mated num­ber of in­mates in state and federal pris­ons in 2012, a 1.7% de­cline from 2011 —U.S. Bureau of Jus­tice Sta­tis­tics

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