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by Peter Moskos

March 3, 2009

1 in 27

One in twenty-seven Maryland adults are current in the correction system. Twenty-seven percent of those are behind bars. This is, sad to say, about par for the national average.

In Maryland, it costs $86 per day to lock a person up.


lynn said...

And how much does it cost to educate a K-12 child for a day in Maryland? I bet it's considerably less.

PCM said...

My suspicion too.

Anonymous said...

It costs about 1/4 as much, when adjusted for the fact that kids aren't in school over the summer.

PCM said...

$31,390 for jail or prison in Maryland.

Compared to just under $10,000 per year per student nationally.

But in "The Real Cost of Public Education" Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute says DC public schools spend about $24,600 per student (much more than the commonly cited figure of $8,322). Private school in DC spend about about $14,600.