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Prison Projections 2008: The Once and Future New Hampshire Corrections Population
The number of inmates in the New Hampshire state prison system increased 560% in twenty-five years, from 394 inmates in 1982 to 2,615 in 2007. Factors commonly associated with increases in a state’s prison population fail to explain the extraordinary rise in the number of New Hampshire state prison inmates. New Hampshire’s resident population, number of people living in poverty, and number of violent crimes have not increased as fast as the number of inmates held in New Hampshire’s state prisons. In fact, while the number of state prison inmates increased almost six times from 1982 to 2007, the number of property crimes and the number of arrests for all crimes in New Hampshire actually declined.
Papers of Interest
Medicaid Procedure Fees in New Hampshire
The Medicaid program in New Hampshire provides services to a variety of different resident populations – including lower income children and pregnant women, the elderly, and the physically and mentally disabled. Many different providers serve these Medicaid enrolled individuals, including hospitals, home health care organizations, nursing homes and physicians, among others. And these providers supply a wide array of services. In this analysis, we assess how Medicaid pays for medical, surgical, and diagnostic services by all different types of providers excluding hospital inpatient, nursing home and other institutional services. We compare Medicaid service fees to two baselines: fees paid by Medicare – the primary insurer of those over 65 and the disabled – and private payers in New Hampshire – including Anthem, Cigna and Harvard Pilgrim, among other insurers doing business in New Hampshire.
Center Graph of the Month
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Is New Hampshire a victim of its own success?
When looking at the state allocations from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, New Hampshire may be seen as a victim of its own success. On a per capita basis all of the Northeastern states will receive an above US average allocation of stimulus money, with the exception of New Hampshire. Among the Northeastern states Rhode Island will get about $2,260 per person, the highest of any state in the region, and second highest in the country (District of Columbia ranks first). Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut will all receive over $1,850 per person, while New Hampshire will receive about $1,600 per person.
The Center offers the Graph of the Month from the array of data we use to understand the policy landscape across a wide range of policy issues.
The Graph of the Month continues our mission to provide new perspectives on available data which will raise new ideas and improve policy debates through quality information and analysis on issues shaping New Hampshire's future.
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