So aggregate state corrections spending increased nationally at far greater rates than education, health or highway spending, according to these BJS data. (Here's the subset of data used for compiling the chart.)
FWIW, Grits had earlier calculated based on data from old appropriations bills that Texas' corrections spending grew at an even greater pace - about 274% more than inflation and population growth - over roughly the same period. (The BJS data are also inflation adjusted.)
These are the sort of on-the-ground budget facts which always come to mind when Grits hears Gov. Perry and others speak of amending the state constitution to ban spending hikes greater than the combined growth from population and inflation: Criminal justice spending of all types has grown so dramatically, so quickly, as a portion of the state budget and faces so many upward budget pressures - both practical and political - that it seems hard to take such statements seriously unless state budget writers suddenly get a lot more serious about reining in criminal justice spending in ways which have heretofore seemed politically implausible.