Skip to comments.Incarceration Cost for Federal inmates: $21,601 per inmate.
Posted on 03/19/2002 1:50:22 PM PST by Lockbox
[Federal Register: March 19, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 53)] [Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Bureau of Prisons
Annual Determination of Average Cost of Incarceration
AGENCY: Bureau of Prisons, Justice.
SUMMARY: The fee to cover the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates is $21,601.
EFFECTIVE DATE: March 19, 2002.
ADDRESSES: Office of General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 First St., NW., Washington, DC 20405.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Qureshi, (202) 307-2105.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 28 CFR part 505 allows for assessment and collection of a fee to cover the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates. We calculate this fee by dividing the number representing Bureau facilities' obligation (excluding activation costs) by the number of inmate-days incurred for preceding fiscal year, and then by multiplying the quotient by 365 (or, since 2000 was a leap year, by 366).
Under Sec. 505.2, the Director of the Bureau of Prisons has reviewed the amount of the fee and has determined that, based upon fiscal year 2000 data, the fee to cover the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates is $21,601.
Kathleen Hawk Sawyer,
Director, Bureau of Prisons.
[FR Doc. 02-6592 Filed 3-18-02; 8:45 am]
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So at 21,601 each we payed $15,120,700,000 (that's 15 billion, 120 million, 700 thousand dollars) last year to incarcerate pot smokers. Yeah-hooooooo. Great use of tax dollars if you ask me. (I know you didn't "ask" but I couldn't resist)
The inhabitants, however, are not soldiers, but residents of an unusual, some say brutal, prison run by legendary lawman Joe Arpaio, called the toughest sheriff in the West.
For the Maricopa County sheriff, who opened the nation's largest tent prison in 1993, saving taxpayer pennies matters more than comforting convicted felons.
"We took away coffee, that saved $150,000 a year. Why do you need coffee in jail?" says Arpaio, patrolling the dusty, barren grounds. "Switched to bologna sandwiches, that saved half a million dollars a year."
Arpaio makes inmates pay for their meals, which some say are worse than those for the guard dogs. Canines eat $1.10 worth of food a day, the inmate 90 cents, the sheriff says. "I'm very proud of that too."
Critics rail against harsh conditions in the prison, where temperatures can top 100 degrees.
"We still have rights, but they act like we're scum," one inmate complains.
Adds Eleanor Eisenberg of the ACLU: "Sheriff Arpaio has conditions in his jail that are inhumane, and he's proud of it."
Arpaio boasts of his chain gangs for men and women, which "contribute thousands of dollars of free labor to taxpayers each month," according to his Web site.
Just caught with pot? The guys that stole my ramset also were charged with possession, does that count them? According to our LEOs it does. According to them, the reports they submit to state and fed cannot be culled by potheads to make a distinction between a robbery with pot possession vs. possession only.
Ive never heard of anyone just caught with pot being in a federal prison. Its always the guy who kills someone evading arrest and *just happens to be in possession of pot* that gets that sentence. Or the guy who shot a passenger on an AC transit bus in our town for smoking crack on the bus - when he was apprehended, he was found to possess pot. Surprise.
For those who might be unaware, San Clemente Island is a Naval Gunnery Range. That would give the pilots practice on their strafing and bombing runs to really see how accurate they are.
The inmates that are deserving of such treatment would be child molesters, murderers, serial rapists and of course those we are holding at Guantanamo. After questioning, they can be sent to San Clemente Island.
Maybe then more folks will do something to stay out of prison - like OBEYING the law.
If you think that 20% of the federal inmate population is there for pot possession, you're smoking some of the extra powerful stuff.
I was looking for Texas cost and the following is the per day cost for facilities in fiscal yr 2000.. Which appears to be well below federal cost.
Guess I should change my tune tho. I don't know so I shouldn't have posted those numbers.
All I know is that the cost of tracking down, arresting, booking, incarcerating and trying pot smokers is too damn much.
That's bureaucrat-speak for construction costs.
It's just another attempt by the government to cover their asses, just like they do with education. I assume that you all realize that when a city/county/state gives you the average cost per child for education, they exclude the "activation costs", that is, the construction costs, as well as the major repair costs.
and they don't believe it kills brain cells...
According to this report there were an estimated 14,453 federal marijuana prisoners at the end of 1997 (12.7% BTW). I'm not sure what the conversion of 1997 dollars to today dollars would be so I'll just use today dollars. At 21,601 times 14,453 each and an average sentance of 3.25 years (also in the link) we come up with a grand total of 1,014,647,572.25. Just over a billion to cover the total incarceration of mj smokers every three years.
I see no good reason why people should be looked up for decades or for life. Secure the violent ones while they are awaiting trial, appeals, & execution -- all on an expedited fast track. Impose restitution, community service, & probation for the non-violent criminals. This would keep the non-violent ones from being trained to become violent ones, and would make them productive citizens instead of a net drain on society. The violent ones need to be eliminated, period. This needs to be done for the sake of the potential future victims, for no jail can be made 100% escape-proof.
Simply put, typical prison meals have long constituted cruel and unusual punishment. With October 2000's good news that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons will provide healthy vegan options at every meal at all federal prisons, that's about to change.
This progress comes just weeks after the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed an affidavit to support the lawsuit by Keith Maydak, an inmate at Pennsylvania's Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary trying to ensure that he and other prisoners could get such meals. In May 2000, a federal judge encouragingly ruled that Mr. Maydak's lawsuit is "substantially likely to succeed."
Surely, only the most vindictive would force prisoners onto bread and water. However, most current fare is actually worse, both for the long-term health of inmates and society.
In Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio feeds inmates donated bologna sandwiches and ham. Some Maryland inmates make processed meats such as beef patties, stew meats, and turkey loaf. In Iqualuit, Nunavat, Canada, Inuit inmates undertake hunting expeditions. Prisoners don't just do time, they do cholesterol.
Enough already. The time is right to dramatically improve prison meals by taking meat off the menus: in with the bean burritos, out with the beef burgers. That could shrink prison budgets, prisoner waistlines, and some prisoners' violent tendencies. Who would argue against that?
Recently, Sheriff Michael Hennessey had the San Francisco Jail join county jails in Oregon and jails and prisons in the Atlanta area by regularly serving vegan meals. He did so after receiving hundreds of letters and e-mails from concerned doctors, dietitians, and activists worldwide, to accommodate the ethical beliefs of vegan then-inmate Gerard "Jerry" Livernois.
As of mid-1998, the United States incarcerated a staggering 1.8 million people, double the number from 12 years earlier, according to the U.S. Justice Department. At three meals per day, that's more than 1.9 billion meals served annually. With more inmates, reducing costs counts more than ever. Switching from a meat-based diet to a health-promoting vegan menu can save lots of money.
Consider the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the second-largest U.S. prison system, which serves state inmates VitaPro, a vitamin-rich, texturized, soy-based, meat-flavored alternative from Montreal. Texas prisons cut weekly meat consumption by 70,000 pounds, a 50-percent reduction. (Some federal prisons also serve this alternative to beef and chicken.) Texas reports a 43-percent cost savings over meat, and inmate reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. As an added bonus, vegan meals can easily satisfy requirements for such special health concerns as diabetes. And VitaPro products are kosher and halal, meeting religious needs.
On New York City's 10-jail Rikers Island, some of the 16,000 inmates tend gardens that in 1998 produced 30,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, worth more than $8,100and bestowed psychological benefits as well as practical skillswith virtually no trouble reported. It's an experiment being tried in too few places.
Besides saving money, vegan diets also mean healthier inmates, decreasing hospital and infirmary expenses. Vegan diets cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, some cancers, and other chronic illnesses. (According to a 1995 PCRM study published in the journal Preventive Medicine, meat consumption may cause $61 billion annually in direct U.S. health care costs for just seven disease groups.)
Other practical reasons support dropping animal products from prison menus.
The surge of U.S. school and workplace shootings has again spotlighted societal violence. Most people, rightly horrified, ask "Why?" And discovering what causes horrendous behavior certainly has value. But often overlooked is how to transform the violent-oriented portion of the current prison populationalmost all of whom will eventually rejoin society.
Medical research links consumption of meat (and sugar) to aggravated mood swings and violent outbreaks among prisoners. In 1992, a study in the British medical journal The Lancet linked men's blood-serum triglyceride levels (raised by meat-eating) to hostile acts and domineering attitudes. By contrast, results from the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, published in 1991 in Psychosomatic Medicine, indicate hormone changes coming from plant-based diets can check aggressive tendencies.
Such findings suggest plant-food diets not only lessen health problems, but also can foster safer prisons. Furthermore, many vegetarian inmates ethically object to eating animal products.
Reducing violence, improving inmate health, and saving money are all important goals. Making prison menus vegan can further those ends and help bring about a more peaceful society for all.
A few years ago there was a riot at the Memphis Federal prison. They destroyed MILLIONS of dollars in government property including the musical instruments we provided them.
WE the TaxSerfs had to replace them at $2,500 per month so they wouldn't have to go out to bids. We bought them mandolins, guitar strings, a piano, mike stands, etc. Took several months for the order to be completed so as not to bump the bid thing.
Before gov taxquist became governor the death row inmates had ALL their meals catered from a high class hotel in Nashville. That is the only thing he's done right as gov is to stop it and sign one death warrant on a child killer.