What’s a Year in Prison Cost?January 17th, 2007 by josh farley
Silverdale resident Les Allen is a man on a mission.
The 81-year-old once heard a superior court judge say that he had no idea what the cost per year for incarceration was in Washington state, despite that judge being in charge of sentencing recently convicted individuals for long stays in the state’s prisons.
Allen believes the judge should announce the cost of the prison stay during the sentencing.
His rationale: that if everyone knew the costs, “they might consider alternatives,” he told me. Interestingly enough, the legislature this year is considering a massive overhaul of the Department of Corrections.
Allen’s research on the top is impressive. At his Web Site, therighttoknow.org, you can find out the annual cost per inmate — usually around $32,000 — of any prison in the state. Check it out if you have a moment.
What’s your take on our prison costs?