11/1/2013 8:03 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - State spending on prisoner healthcare increased by 38% between 2001 and 2008.
According to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the state spending went from $15.7 million to $21.7 million. Many other states reported much sharper increases. West Virginia's spending ranked 36th out of the 44 states included in the study.
Researchers identified three main reasons for the nation increase in prison health care costs. They included: the growing prison populations, aging prisoners, and the overall rise in healthcare costs.