View Full Version : Prisons Cost More than an Ivy League Education

10-04-2013, 03:15 PM
So why not force them into Princeton?


Taxpayers spend more than $150,000 every year to house each inmate at New York City correctional facilities. The figure is barely lower than what it would cost to send a student to an Ivy League university for four years, a new report reveals.

New York City’s Independent Budget Office’s annual budget examination report indicated that the city paid $167,731 to feed, house, and guard each inmate in 2012. The sum equates to about $460 per day for each of the 12,287 average daily New York City inmates incarcerated at any given time. The number was based on the Department of Correction’s total operating expenses - including staff, insurance claims, judgments, and jail maintenance.

But experts say the total would not be as high if it was not for Rikers Island, the notorious prison complex operating on its own isle with a distant view of New York. Staffing, maintaining, and securing the jail has proven to be the costliest expense of the already expensive corrections system.

Yep, gotta keep that drug war going. It's sure worth it.

10-04-2013, 03:55 PM
The drug war is a failure and a waste of money.

10-04-2013, 04:02 PM
It would cost less to get them help. Not the pot smokers but the hard drug users.