Prison Cost & Taxpayer Dollars

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Are tax dollars used towards Criminals sitting in State Prisons a waste? Every year in the United States of America over 1.5 Billion Dollars of TAXES is paid by Residents of the United States. Weather the Tax money paid is used for Major crisis or unnecessary actions; we have no say. Although I have yet 2 years before I become involved in politics, government, credit, taxes etc. I stand firm when I say, I would hate to see even a penny ($.01) of mine being used to feed some bum in a cell who gets a decent bed, three meals a day, AND even play time.

In 1997 research showed that taxpayers spent $934 million to run state prisons, and another $543 million to build, and improve most, which makes about $1.5 BILLION of tax dollars wasted. In the end, that averages to about $1850.00 of tax dollars per adult in the state of Florida. You might want to figure out what it cost, per prisoner. Not a hard thing to figure. Half way through the year, there officially were 33,939 prisoners in the state prisons. Do the division and you discover that you spent $43,700.00 a piece to keep state prisoners locked up. One of the main reasons for the high cost is that the United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world, according to the International Center for Prison Studies at King's College London. The American rate stood at 743 people incarcerated per 100,000 of the population, ahead of both Russia's rate of 585 and China's rate of 120. In contrast, the rate in England and Wales was 150. For a lot less money, you could leave the guy on the streets paying taxes and hire an escort to follow him around all day. Plenty of people would be willing to escort a single convict all day long for $120.00.

There did seem to be a flaw in the "cost per prisoner" reasoning. Surely a fortune is spent, but it's not for prisoners. It's for prisons. There are two dozen of them in the state (poor us). Now you get it. It costs $61,797.000.00 for tax payers to have the...
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