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Annual Cost to Incarcerate One Person in the CDCr

California Department of

Corrections and Rehabilitation

L E G I S L A T I V E A N A L Y S T S O F F I C E March 19, 2009

Presented to:

Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4

On State Administration

Hon. Mark DeSaulnier, Chair

Californias Annual Cost to

Incarcerate an Inmate in Prison


Type of Expenditure                                 Per Inmate Costs

Security                                                            $21,089

Inmate Health Care                                         $11,607

Medical care                                                            6,866

Psychiatric services                                                  2,232

Pharmaceuticals                                                       1,376

Dental care                                                              1,133

Operations                                                          $7,333

Facility operations (maintenance, utilities)                    4,560

Classification services                                                1,821

Maintenance of inmate records                                     663

Reception, testing, assignment                                       271

Transportation                                                               18

Administration                                                     $3,186

Inmate Support                                                    $2,610

Food                                                                         1,499

Inmate activities and canteen                                        446

Inmate employment                                                      422

Clothing                                                                       171

Religious activities 73

Rehabilitation Programs                                     $2,894

Substance abuse programs                                         1,564

Academic education                                                     983

Vocational training                                                       347

Miscellaneous                                                        $125

Total $48,843

The average cost to incarcerate an inmate has more than doubled over the past 20 years from about $19,000 in 1988-89 to about $49,000 in 2008-09, an average annual increase of roughly 5 percent.

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