Mr. McNutt ... reported that the offender population slightly decreased to 150,225 at the end of the second quarter FY 2009 compared to 151,723 for the same time period a year ago.The aging offenders continue to rise at a steady rate and Mr. McNutt reported that the number of offenders 55+ at the end of second quarter FY2008 was 10,211 compared to 10,824 this second quarter FY 2009 which is an increase of about 5.9%.
the older offenders access the health care delivery system at a much higher acuity and frequency than younger offenders. Hospital costs received to date this fiscal year for older offenders averaged approximately $1,634 per offender vs. $260 for younger offenders. While comprising only about 7.2% of the overall service population, older offenders account for 32.7% of the hospitalization costs. Older offenders are represented four times more often in the dialysis population averaging about $20.8K per patient per year. Providing dialysis treatment for an average of 188 patients through this quarter cost $1,961,176.