The Cost of Keeping a Person in Jail
Can you guess how much it costs to keep a person in a California prison?
That’s $64,000 per person.
This cost covers housing, feeding, and caring for the prisoner. And even though California prison populations are slowly declining (yet still overcrowded), the costs aren’t going down. In fact, they’re going up.
California also spends $1 billion each year to accommodate California jails, where people are serving short-term sentences are waiting for their trial.
The numbers are pretty jaw-dropping, huh? This is where some of your tax money goes, and it’s very likely not a very nice thought.
But your loved one, who was recently arrested, doesn’t necessarily need to be one of those many who sits in jail, waiting for their trial. Instead of spending your taxes on their jail...