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Wyoming Near Tops in Nation on Healthcare for Inmates

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CHEYENNE, WYOMING -

Wyoming is near the top in the nation in spending on inmates. According

to a new report from the State Health Spending Project -- Wyoming spent approximately $20.7 million on healthcare services in 2011.

The state spent $10,870 per inmate.

The national average was only $6,000 per inmate.

Montana came in higher as well at $8,454 per inmate.

A spokesman for the Wyoming Department of Corrections says the state's location makes it hard to find inexpensive contracts to provide health care services.

Only California and Vermont spent more per inmate than Wyoming.