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How Much Does Ohio Spend on Prisons?

By    |   Wednesday, 09 Dec 2015 08:10 PM

The number of people in Ohio prisons has more than doubled since 1988, and spending is rising alongside the incarcerated population.

Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction covers direct prison costs through a budget of $1.56 billion.

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The state's prison population was 50,510 in 2014, and was projected to reach 51,237 in 2016 and 52,315 in 2020, meaning the cost per prisoner annually is around $30,000. In fiscal year 2015, 19,755 people went to prison in Ohio.

That annual number, however, includes all operating costs for the DRC, such as employee payroll and utility bills.

A FY 2015 report found offender costs to be $67.31 per person, which includes security costs, medical services, and administration, among other categories.

For the same time period, Ohio’s DRC employed 12,118 people and spent $925,097,808 on the payroll, averaging out to $77,509 per employee.

As in many other states, some prison costs in Ohio are paid for by agencies outside of the corrections department. These kinds of costs can include centralized administrative services in addition to inmate services funded through other government departments.

In 2009, for example, the DRC incurred $1.4 million in indirect costs (such as auditing and information technology) that were paid for by state administrative agencies through Ohio’s Statewide Cost Allocation Plan.

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The following year, the state of Ohio contributed 38 percent of the yearly amount needed to fully fund DRC retiree health care benefits, according to the Vera Institute of Justice.

Since 2011, Ohio has been trying to reduce its prison population and cut expenses through implementation of House Bill 86, a law aimed at lowering recidivism by reducing sentences for nonviolent crimes, increasing mental health and substance abuse treatment, and introducing job training programs.

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