Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Want To Reduce The Federal Budget? Stop Incarcerating Prisoners
It costs far more to incarcerate prisoners than it does to restrict their movements and supervise them outside prisons.
That's the conclusion of an analysis conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
It costs the taxpayers $70 and change daily to keep a convict in a federal prison. It costs about $5 less a day to assign them to a community correction center. But the cost of supervision by a federal probation officer is only, according to the analysis, $10-a-day.
Translating that into an annual cost - more than $25,000 in taxpayer's money is spent per year on someone housed in a prison. Compared to about $37-hundred dollars annually for someone on supervision.
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