Costs Of Aging Inmates
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January 20, 2010 – As an inmate ages, his expenses behind bars can nearly triple as he requires more health care.
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WENDY FRY (KPBS Web Producer): Assume inmate X was incarcerated when he was 37. For now, he costs taxpayers about $49,000 a year. That's until he reaches 55. As he ages, his health care expenses will increase. At this point, he could cost the state $150,00 a year. If inmate X lives until he's 77. He will have cost California taxpayers as much as $4 million to keep in him prison for life.