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One Year of Prison Costs More Than One Year at Princeton
One year at Princeton University: $37,000. One year at a New Jersey state prison: $44,000. Read more.
Right. Except for when that “prisoner” is a woman with kids (which she most likely is) and those kids end up in foster care (which they most likely will). The true cost of incarcerating women is actually much higher than represented in this chart. A report I worked on back in 2004, produced by the NH Commission on the Status of Women spells out exactly what that means for the women of NH. I would L-O-V-E to see something like this on a national scale.
The report is worth a read if you’re interested in the real cost of prison. It’s also worth a read to gain a better understanding of why it’s short-sighted to not designate statistics like these based on gender.
I do realize a story like that would be hard to report because most states don’t even offer statistics based on gender and in order to determine the ones found in Double Jeopardy, the report linked to above, I had to cull through years of annual reports to determine the data. It’s what we like to call INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING. Someone should try it.