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Individual Costs
There are currently 2.3M incarcerated individuals in the US. Each inmate costs ~$35K per year.
Indirect Costs
It is estimated that incarceration indirectly costs society ~$260B.
Private Profit
Private companies make ~$7B from prisons. ~$3B of this is paid directly by families of incarcerated individuals.
However, 50%+ of incarcerate individuals end up back in prison within 3 years.
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