The following list of states is ranked by the average annual cost per inmate. Ohio Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,814Average Daily Inmate Population: 50,960 As part of inmate education, prisoners in Ohio now have access to educational videos that can be downloaded to their tablets, which are owned by the prison and distributed to students. West Virginia Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,498Average Daily Inmate Population: 6,385 In West Virginia, one in 10 children have had a parent in prison, according to a 2016 Kids Count report. Michigan Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,117Average Daily Inmate Population: 45,096 Inmates at two northern Michigan prisons started a protest in March 2016 against the quality of their food. Utah Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,349Average Daily Inmate Population: 6,338 In 2015, inmates at Uinta, a maximum-security facility at the Utah State Prison, went on a hunger strike demanding better conditions. Since then, nine death row inmates have died of natural causes. Montana Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,227Average Daily Inmate Population: 2,513 Inmates at Montana State Prison create horsehair bridles, which are sold at a prison outlet in the town of Deer Lodge.
This tradition began in inmate prison programs dating back to the 1880s. Colorado Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,374Average Daily Inmate Population: 19,958 In the Colorado towns of Canon City and Florence, where seven state and federal prisons are located, inmates make up 38 percent of the population. Iowa Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,925Average Daily Inmate Population: 8,384 Iowa state Rep. Maine Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,404Average Daily Inmate Population: 2,167 Inmates at Maine State Prison have the opportunity to participate in a college program which is funded by the Sunshine Lady Foundation.
The cost of prisons expands into the larger economy. The amount spent on prisoners tends to exceed the amount a state spends on education for each public school student, according to a CNN report.
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John Forbes, a Democrat who represents District 40, said in an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register that Iowa prisons are “11 percent over capacity.” #17. According to Deborah Meehan, the director of the University of Maine’s University College at Rockland, inmates who participate in the program do not recidivate following their release. Washington Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,897Average Daily Inmate Population: 17,050 The singer John Legend performed at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in April 2016.
Delaware Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,967Average Daily Inmate Population: 6,528 Some prisons in Delaware provide culinary programs, with the goal to provide inmates with marketable skills. New Hampshire Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,080Average Daily Inmate Population: 2,389 In December 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Department of Corrections due to a mail policy that prevents inmates from receiving drawings, greeting cards or postcards. Nebraska Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,950Average Daily Inmate Population: 4,542 According to a Corrections Department report, almost half of the prisoners released from Nebraska prisons in 2015 did not leave with parole or further supervision. Wisconsin Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,994Average Daily Inmate Population: 23,015 Two state prisons in Wisconsin have reported issues with their water being contaminated with lead and copper. Illinois Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,268Average Daily Inmate Population: 45,551 During his first year in office, Republican Gov. Pennsylvania Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: ,339Average Daily Inmate Population: 48,543 Pennsylvania prisons reformed their use of solitary confinement following an investigation by the U. He promoted criminal justice reform and said: “We need to focus more on fairness, compassion, mercy and restoring people so they can be whole and go back into the community and live productive, compassionate, healthy lives.” #6.
The results represent 2010 figures and the average costs are based off the inflation-adjusted dollar amount in 2000.