Study: Mass Incarceration System Costs At Least $182 Billion per Year

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The system of mass incarceration costs the government and families of justice-involved individuals at least $182 billion per year, says a new report by the Prison Policy Institute.

“While this report asks a very simple question about the financial costs of mass incarceration, a comprehensive answer has never existed before because the government doesn’t collect or organize these statistics in one place,” write Peter Wagner and Bernadette Rabuy in the report entitled, “Following the Money of Mass Incarceration . . .

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