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What Is the Percentage of South Carolina's Budget Allotted to Corrections?

By    |   Thursday, 25 Feb 2016 06:28 PM

Taxpayers know that the corrections budget for any state is a big part of overall spending, but how much of South Carolina's budget is dedicated to corrections?

Spending of state funds in South Carolina can be examined by functions, using information provided by the National Association of State Budget Officers. Expenditures are broken down for kindergarten through 12th grade education, higher education, public assistance, Medicaid, corrections, transportation, and other.

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The largest chunk, 32.4 percent, goes to "other" expenses, which include programs such as the Children's Health Insurance Program, care for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, contributions to employee pensions and health benefits, public health programs, state police, parks and recreation, environmental projects, and more.

Medicaid (22 percent), higher education (19.5 percent), K-12 education (17.6 percent), and transportation (5.4 percent) follow in funding amounts. Corrections receives the smallest funding of the functions represented at 2.7 percent of the budget, and the rate has been fairly consistent in recent years.

South Carolina's budget percentage for corrections is similar to neighboring states Tennessee and Virginia, which show 2.8 percent of their budgets going to corrections. Georgia and North Carolina devote more of their dollars to prisons, with 3.7 percent and 4.6 percent allocated, respectively. South Carolina falls next to the last among these states in K-12 education spending, but first in spending for higher education.

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According to government reports, South Carolina spends $41.85 per prisoner per day. With additional funds from other sources, the rate becomes $47.38. During the course of a year, the cost to keep the average prisoner becomes $15,316 from the state, and $17,343 in total.

Some prisoners are more expensive to keep than others, however. Costs for medical expenses, special programs, such as substance abuse, high security, and transportation needs can increase the cost of holding an individual.

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