DOC’s Inmate Housing Cost Estimate Doesn’t Include All Expenses, Council Says

DOC’s Inmate Housing Cost Estimate Doesn’t Include All Expenses, Council Says

The Illinois Department of Corrections reports that it costs about $22,000 to house an inmate in state prison for one year. But that number doesn’t include a variety of other expenses required to run the prison system — things like medical insurance for guards, or pensions and workers comp for other staff. According to the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council, the costs for housing a single inmate can be upwards of $40,000 per year.