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WV Spending On Prisoner Health Care Jumps 38 Percent

Reported by: Send eMail Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 1, 2013 9:18 AM EDT

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

West Virginia's spending on prisoner health care increased 38 percent between 2001 and 2008.

According to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the state's spending went from $15.7 million to $21.7 million.

Many other states reported much sharper increases. For example, New Hampshire saw a 379 percent increase, from $5.4 million to $25.8 million. California had the highest cost, doubling to about $1.98 billion.

The Charleston Daily Mail reported that West Virginia's spending ranked 36th out of 44 states included in the study.

Researchers identified three main reasons for the nationwide increase in prison health care costs: growing prison populations, aging prisoners and the overall rise in health care costs.

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