It's expensive to be in the "correctional" system.
Consider this article by Vera which shows the price for each inmate in 2015 for state inmates.
- Most of the spending for prisons were for staff, which is thought to be the primary driver for prison spending.
- Only 11% of prison spending went to prison healthcare.
- As a state resident, you spend an average of $137 a year to keep people in prison (which can vary from $51 to $429).
Research from Christopher Zoukis in College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons, he shows that over 70% of prisoners are nonviolent offenders. I just bought the book and will probably follow up with a review later.
I had a previous article on the recidivism rate and how people serve life sentences on installment plans.
Consider Zoukis' research on education:
Ex-offenders who complete some high school have a recividism rate of 55%.
Our mission is to aggressively improve the live of those incarcerated to benefit not only themselves but society.
Think it's a lost cause? Watch me.