Taxpayer cost of housing NYC prisoners last year: $167,000 per inmate


Rebecca Harshbarger
NY Post
August 23, 2013

Crime doesn’t pay — but it costs a fortune.

The city spent about $167,000 per inmate last year and had 12,287 prisoners on an average day, according to the Independent Budget Office’s first-ever study of the Big Apple’s jails.

“The numbers provide a troubling statistical portrait of the more than 12,000 people in our city jails on a typical day last year, coming at a significant fiscal cost to the city and no doubt great social cost to families and communities,” said the IBO’s Doug Turetsky.

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