by Lauren Galik, Leonard Gilroy
Reason Foundation
July 17, 2014
Policy Brief
Over the past several decades, state prison populations have skyrocketed, and so too have corrections expenditures. One of the driving factors in this phenomenon is the rise in correctional health expenditures. In an attempt to control costs while maintaining high levels of service, a number of states have formed public-private partnerships (PPPs) in correctional health care by contracting out some or all of their prison health services to private companies. Not only do PPPs offer the opportunity to lower or better control costs, but they also offer a powerful means of improving performance, increasing accountability and reducing taxpayer risks in prison health care service delivery.

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