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The Cost Of Prison

In addition to the human costs of incarceration, the monetary burden is staggering. It costs $32,000 per year to incarcerate an inmate in a New York State prison and $64,000 to confine a woman in a New York City jail.*

In comparison, it costs Greenhope $20,000 per year to provide a client with residential services and $9,000 per year to provide a client with day treatment service.

For each woman that secures a non-incarcerative sentence, the city and the state of New York saves tens of thousands of dollars per year. As a result of the strong community corrections program at Greenhope, the long-term monetary savings are immeasurable for parolee and ATI women who stay out of prison.

Foster care for a prisonerís child costs $20,000 per year in NYS, adding to the cost of incarceration.

 

* New York State Department of Correctional Services, The Sentencing Project. New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Legal Action Center (March 2002).

 

 

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