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This is How Much Prisoners Cost the City Each Year

Friday, August 23, 2013

The 2011 East River Academy high school graduation at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The average annual cost to house an inmate in New York City is more than $167,731,according to a report issued by the Independent Budget Office.

The IBO breaks down the numbers like this: 45 percent of the total cost goes to salary and wages for the Department of Corrections. Nineteen percent is for fringe benefits, like health care. And 6 percent, or $10,135 goes to food, and maintenance of prisons.

Breaking down the prison population, the IBO finds that 93 percent are male, and 57 percent are black.

The majority of the city's incarcerated are there on robbery charges, followed by murder and attempted murder, felony drug sales and burglaries. While the overall prison population is declining, there are still more than 12,287 inmates in city jails.

 

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Comments [2]

Reynold Tortora from Astoria

According to the figures quoted above, there seems to be a discrepancy.
The percentages only total 70%. While I find it disheartening that this amount of money is being taxed on the backs of the working class, it is easy to see why people categorize prisons as big business.
As a former inmate on mostly drugs charges who has thank God found recovery now for almost 12 years, find it odd that any sort of spiritual programs are very rarely offered to the incarcerated.
It is surely going to take a miracle in order to get to inmates in the first place, why not start with spirituality to begin with?

Aug. 24 2013 10:34 PM
Reynold Tortora from Astoria

According to the figures quoted above, there seems to be a discrepancy.
The percentages only total 70%. While I find it disheartening that this amount of money is being taxed on the backs of the working class, it is easy to see why people categorize prisons as big business.
As a former inmate on mostly drugs charges who has thank God found recovery now for almost 12 years, find it odd that any sort of spiritual programs are very rarely offered to the incarcerated.
It is surely going to take a miracle in order to get to inmates in the first place, why not start with spirituality to begin with?

Aug. 24 2013 10:34 PM

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