(Harrisburg) -- A new national study shows that Pennsylvania's spending on prison health care increased from 2001 to 2008, while overall per-inmate costs declined.
The report released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation says spending on both health care and corrections is squeezing state budgets.
The study says Pennsylvania's spending on correctional health care increased from $187 million in 2001 to $214 million in 2008. During the same period, the cost of providing health care per inmate declined from $5,035 to $4,470.
Statistics from the state Corrections Department shows the inmate population soared during those seven years from 38,000 in 2001 to 49,000 in 2008.
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