Most people have little idea what the average cost is to house inmates in prison. For example, in California, an average bill per day to house an inmate in state prisons is about £83. The bill at some prisons is a little less depending on the cost of living in the particular state, but these figures will likely increase every year.
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Security and Administration
To have someone on duty for security, it costs £12,780 per inmate per year. That amounts to £35.0 a day. Administration costs are £2,270 per inmate per year. That amounts to £6.2 a day. That amounts to £15,051 per year for security and administration.
The cost for inmate health care can be high. Because every inmate is entitled to health care, the cost per inmate for health care per year is £8,087. Broken down, that is £5,699 for medical care, £1,253 for psychiatric services, £648 for pharmaceuticals and £486 for dental care. That amounts to £24.70 per day per year.
The operations costs per inmate per year are £4,689. Broken down, that is £2,926 for facility operations, classification services is £1,152, maintenance of records is £429, assignment, testing and reception costs £169 and transportation costs £11. That amounts to £12.80 per day per year.
The cost per year for rehabilitation programs per inmate are £1,047. Broken down, that is £613 for academic education, £230 for vocational training and £203 for substance abuse programs. That amounts to £2.8 per day per year.
To house an inmate and provide inmate support, it costs £1,665 per year. That is £958 for food, £285 for activities, £264 for canteen and employment, £111 for clothing and £45 for religious activities. That amounts to £4.50 per day per year.
All told, it costs an average of £83.8 a day to house an inmate in the prison system. Although these figures come from California corrections, it is slightly lower in other parts of the country, but not by much.
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