Costs of incarcerating an inmate in California for one year

 

California’s Annual Costs to Incarcerate an
Inmate in Prison

2008-09

Type of Expenditure

Per Inmate Costs

Security

$19,663

 

 

  Inmate Health Care

$12,442

Medical care

$8,768

Psychiatric services

1,928

Pharmaceuticals

998

Dental care

748

 

 

  Operations

$7,214

Facility operations (maintenance, utilities, etc.)

$4,503

Classification services

1,773

Maintenance of inmate records

660

Reception, testing, assignment

261

Transportation

18

 

 

  Administration

$3,493

 

 

  Inmate Support

$2,562

Food

$1,475

Inmate activities

439

Inmate employment and canteen

407

Clothing

171

Religious activities

70

 

 

  Rehabilitation Programs

$1,612

Academic education

$944

Vocational training

354

Substance abuse programs

313

 

 

  Miscellaneous

$116

     Total

$47,102

§  It costs an average of about $47,000 per year to incarcerate an inmate in prison in California.

§  Over two-thirds of these costs are for security and inmate health care.

§  Since 2000-01, the average annual cost has increased by about $19,500. This includes an increase of $8,300 for inmate health care and $7,100 for security.

Source:  Sacramento, CA, Legislative Analyst’s Office: http://www.lao.ca.gov/laoapp/laomenus/sections/crim_justice/6_cj_inmatecost.aspx?catid=3