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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1 comment:

THE LonesomeDove said...

Considering that a mere 6% of the $837 BILLION porkulus has been spent to date and ONLY on social programs given to states for bolstering their Medicaid and welfare systems, this is interesting. Anyone know where all the "shovel ready" projects and jobs are that were going to boost the economy? No? Well, broadening the welfare state was always the true intent anyway, wasn't it? There was never any real intention to spend monies on producers or anything productive and now this! We've learned that crime DOES pay! It's the punishment that hurts the economy! What a profound and enlightening analysis! It just never fails to amaze me how stupid the mental heavyweights employed by these federal bureaus think the American public is. Really? Seriously? The conclusion was that the cost of incarceration is actually higher than supervised release? Wow! Who would EVER have figured that out without a federal analysis! By the way... were the individual costs suffered by future victims who fall prey to supervised felons factored in, too? No? I didn't think so. PINHEADS!