How much does it cost, on average, a state to hold one person in prison per year.?

How much, on average, does a prison inmate cost a state each year? not counting maximum security.

Asked By: - 4/15/2009
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On average it runs in the vicinity of $36,000. This for an inmate without any problems who is healthy. Currently however with the Federal Court mandates such as Coleman, Plata, Armstrong and so forth, the cost is going through the roof and there is NO FINANCIAL CAP... More
Answered By: wtshimmin - 4/15/2009
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Between $20,000 and $100,000. America is a Christian nation, and when an inmate gets sick they do try to keep him alive as long as possible. That by itself sucks up a lot of cash.
Answered By: Joe from WI - 4/15/2009
The average costs annually are approximately $20,000, (low end.) Figures of course vary state to state, as well as, state versus federal. Here is an example and breakdowns.
Answered By: flika - 4/15/2009
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