The Price Tag On Recidivism

Adam Serwer summarizes a study on prison costs:

The Pew Center on the States, which has done a lot of groundbreaking research on criminal justice policy, has a new report out showing that corrections represent the fastest growing costs to state budgets second only to Medicaid. The prison population has grown by more than 700 percent since 1973, while costs over the last twenty years alone have grown more than 300 percent. According to Pew, about 40 percent of ex-offenders return to prison within three years–cutting that rate by ten percent would save 645 million dollars.