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.
Amount spent on correctional healthcare in 2011 compared with $8.2 billion in 2009 —Pew Charitable Trust
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
Percentage increase in the number of prisoners age 55 and older from 1999 to 2012 —Pew Charitable Trust
Number of states that saw a percentage increase in older inmates between 2007 and 2011
Median growth in correctional healthcare spending for 41 states that experienced spending increases from 2007 to 2011 —Pew Charitable Trust
Estimated number of inmates in state and federal prisons in 2012, a 1.7% decline from 2011 —U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics