Incarceration costs money. Money that goes towards keeping the prison system in working order, feeding and educating inmates, and covering medical expenses. The Federal Register, The Daily Journal of the United States Government, estimates that in 2011 the average cost of incarcerating an inmate in federal prison for one year equated to around $28, 893 per person.
The cost average cost analysis for state prisons was roughly $26, 163 per fiscal year.
Some states such as Mississippi pay around $18, 000 while others, such as California, pay the staggering amount of around $50,000 per person per year. These figures are obscenely high costing hardworking honest taxpayers billions of dollars each year.
To make matters even worse, the Pew Center on the States has found that money spent on corrections at the state and federal level has gone up over 400% over the last 20 years rising from $12 billion to around $60 billion.
In contrast to the exorbitant price it requires to keep an inmate incarcerated, consider the average poverty level for the United States in the year 2014. A family of 4 is considered improvised if their household income is at $ 23, 850 while a family of 6 meets the federal standards for poverty at $31, 970.
Consider these numbers for a moment.
It costs more to incarcerate an inmate, on average, than multitudes of families earn in a year. That is one person in prison essentially earning more than a family of 6 and in some cases a family of 4. Inconceivable!
It is time to get our Justice System under control. Time to evaluate whether or not certain convicted criminals deserve a stay in a Federal or State Prison. So many hardworking Americans are fighting everyday just to feed their families while their tax money is going towards inmates who have done nothing more than earn their spot in prison.
Check out Glenn Painter's upcoming book, Handicapped Injustice, which outlines the inside life of the justice system.