Both health care and corrections spending are putting pressure on state budgets. The intersection of these two areas—health care for prison inmates—is a new area of interest to state policymakers. Innovative approaches to prisoner health care in states like California, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas, for example, show promise in cost savings and quality improvements.

Hands through cell doorTo better understand spending and care innovations for inmates, researchers from The Pew Charitable Trusts analyzed cost data from 44 states that participated in a study conducted by the federal Bureau of Justices Statistics and interviewed a wide variety of experts in the field.

An NCSL webinar, Cost Savings and Care Innovations for Prisoner Health Care, at 2 p.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 1, will highlight Pew research findings and explore how states can use this information to create innovate policy solutions to increase efficiency and improve care within the prison health system. Participants are Matt McKillop, senior associate, State Health Care Spending Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Owen Murray of the University of Texas and Aaron Edwards, fiscal and policy analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office, California.

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