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The Price of Prisons: What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers

Vera Institute of Justice, 2012

This report calculates the total taxpayer cost of prisons during the 2010 fiscal year in 40 states. It finds that the prison system cost taxpayers $38.8 billion nationally. At the state level, Vera ranks New York a distant fourth in daily inmate population, well behind Texas, Calilfornia and Florida. Despite that ranking, the report concludes that New York has the highest per-inmate annual cost in the country, with each inmate costing roughly $60,000 a year. That dollar amount is nearly twice the national average.

"The Price of Prisons: What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers" was written by Christian Henrichson and Ruth Delaney.

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Research category: Cost Savings, Reentry