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State Prison Expenditures, 2001

NCJ Number
Date Published
June 2004
9 pages
James J. Stephan
Publication Series
This report presents comparative data on the cost of operating the Nation's State prisons.
The study is based on institutional corrections elements of the Fiscal 2001 Survey of Government Finances which State budget officers reported to the U.S. Census Bureau. State-level spending is presented on prison employee salaries and wages; employer contributions to employee benefits; supplies, contractual services, and other operating costs; and capital expenditures, e.g., building construction, renovations, major repairs, and land purchases. Additional data reveal amounts spent on food, inmate medical care, utilities, and contractual services. Highlights include the following: Prison operations consumed about 77 percent of State correctional costs in FY 2001; State correctional expenditures increased 145 percent in 2001 constant dollars from $15.6 billion in FY 1986 to $38.2 billion in FY 2001; prison expenditures increased 150 percent from $11.7 billion to $29.5 billion; spending on medical care for State prisoners totaled $3.3 billion, or 12 percent of operating expenditures in 2001.

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