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The Correctional Association Reports….


The Correctional Association of NY has a wide array of reports on various criminal justice issues. If you are working on a project for a class, or just need some information for work, they are a great resource!

Here are some facts from there “Basic Prison Facts” Sheet

State Prisons:

  • There are 70 state prisons in New York.
  • It costs about $32,400 to maintain a prisoner in a New York State prison for a year.
  • In January 1973 there were 12,500 persons in the State prison system.  Today there are about 63,000, down from a peak of nearly 71,500 in 1999.
  • There are approximately 20,000 correction officers working in the State prison system.
  • The operating budget for the state prisons has increased from about $450 million in fiscal year 1982-83 to about $2.6 billion today.
  • Since 1981, New York State has added over 46,000 prison beds at a capital cost of more than $4.5 billion, not including debt service.

City Jails:

  • It costs the city about $59,900 a year to keep an inmate in a New York City Jail.
  • In 1980 there were about 7,000 inmates in City jails.  In 1991, there were 22,600.  Today there are about 14,000.
  • The City’s Department of Correction’s expenditures grew from $189 million in 1982 to about $830 million for Fiscal Year 2005.

March 2006


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