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Number of the Day: $54,865

The average cost of an incarceration per inmate in New Jersey is $54,865, according to the Vera Institute for Justice, which conducted a cost-benefit analysis of each of the 50 states and what it actually costs governments to run their prisons.

Number of the Day: $54,865

The average cost of an incarceration per inmate in New Jersey is $54,865, according to the Vera Institute for Justice, which conducted a cost-benefit analysis of each of the 50 states and what it actually costs governments to run their prisons.

When accounting for pension, healthcare, administrative, and capital costs, the Vera Institute found that New Jersey spent $1.4 billion in 2010 on its state prisons, 18 percent beyond the $1.16 billion that was the state Department of Corrections' operating budget. The average daily population at the prisons in 2010 was 25,822.

New Jersey ranked second in terms of cost per inmate, behind New York’s $60,076. The average cost per inmate nationally was $31,286. The state with the lowest cost per inmate was Kentucky, which paid $14,603 in 2010.

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