Prisoner Pharmaceuticals - 471-0325-17

Description of Agency/Program/System

Within the Department of Corrections (DOC), the Bureau of Health Care Services is responsible for coordinating medical services, including pharmaceutical operations, throughout the State-run prison system. DOC’s goal is to provide the greatest amount of public protection while making the most efficient use of the State’s resources. As of August 2017, DOC had 31 correctional facilities and was responsible for the custody and safety of 40,187 prisoners. Pharmaceutical costs for fiscal year 2016 and October 1 through July 30, 2017 was $40,315,254.78 and $34,813,547.07, respectively.

Audit Objectives

  1. To assess the effectiveness of DOC’s internal control over prisoner pharmaceuticals.

  2. To assess the effectiveness of DOC’s efforts to manage prisoner pharmaceutical costs.


Estimated Release Date: April 2019

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