August 13, 2009
$49,000: The cost of one year of incarceration per inmate at California state prison. Last week the feds ruled the state must reduce the size of the population by 40,000 over two years. The Drug Policy Alliance contends 24,000 low-level, nonviolent drug offenders are locked up. Source - Legislative Analyst’s Office; Drug Policy Alliance
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