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Study: Keeping Prisoners Who Can't Bond Out in Jail Costs Taxpayers $14 Billion Annually

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 09:55 PM

Jailing people who can’t afford bail costs taxpayers $38 million per day, or $14 billion annually, says a study published this month.

There are about 450,000 people in prison awaiting trial on any given day. The study, titled "Pretrial Justice: How Much Does it Cost?," estimates the cost to have them there is $85 per day per person – an amount that includes food, medical care and security. But jail costs vary and, can skyrocket depending on the facility. At Riker's Island in New York City, it costs about $460 per day to house one person.

"We wanted to give people some big-picture numbers to help them understand what your local costs are, both direct and indirect," Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO of the Pretrial Justice Institute, told the Huffington Post.

Implementing changes could yield $78 billion in savings annually, says the study, specifically two cost-saving initiatives: "replacing bond schedules with pretrial risk assessment and using non-financial conditions of release, such as court reminders, monitoring and supervision, and unsecured bonds (in which individuals pay money only if they fail to appear in court.)"

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