BJS Publication: State Corrections Expenditures, FY 1982-2010

Highlights:

  • Preliminary data from the Census Bureau’s annual State Government Finance Census indicate states spent $48.5 billion on corrections in 2010, about 6% less than in 2009. By comparison, states spent $571.3 billion on education in 2010 and $462.7 billion on public welfare.
  • From 1999 to 2010, among 48 states, 11 states showed a linear decrease in current operations expenditures per inmate, with an average annual decline of $1,093; 5 states had a linear increase, with an average annual additional cost per inmate of $1,277.
  • The mean state corrections expenditure per inmate was $28,323 in 2010, although a quarter of states spent $40,175 or more.

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