Report looks at cost of running prisons state-by-state

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A report by 247wallst.com shows which states have the highest cost per capita to run a prison.

Alaska has the highest cost per capita at $496.08 per person, and Minnesota has the least at $105.08 per person, according to the study.

Here are the costs for the Tri-State:

Illinois:
Per capita spending on state prisons: $109.20 (4th lowest)
Total state prison spending: $1.4 billion (14th most)
Pct. of total state budget: 2.9% (15th highest – tied)
Illinois prison population: 41,427 (8th highest)

Violent crime rate: 438.8 incidents per 100,000 (17th highest)

Indiana:
Per capita spending on state prisons: $120.90 (8th lowest)
Total state prison spending: $806.0 million (22nd most)
Pct. of total state budget: 2.4% (14th lowest – tied)
Indiana prison population: 26,001 (17th highest)
Violent crime rate: 399.0 incidents per 100,000 (21st highest)

Kentucky:

Per capita spending on state prisons: $153.11 (22nd lowest)
Total state prison spending: $682.0 million (24th most)
Pct. of total state budget: 2.0% (10th lowest – tied)
Kentucky prison population: 23,539 (19th highest)
Violent crime rate: 225.8 incidents per 100,000 (5th lowest)

Click here to see what it costs to run prisons in the other states.

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