The average inmate in minimum-security federal prisons costs $21,000 each year. The average inmate in maximum-security federal prisons costs $33,000 each year.
In 2014, Philadelphia public school’s budget shortfall will be $300 million. The budget for a new prison to be built just outside Philadelphia is $400 million.
The U.S. incarcerates more of its population than any other country in the world. Russia and South Africa are our nearest competitors.