More than 10 million people are imprisoned around the world and roughly 2.2 million of them reside behind bars in the United States.
Texas spends $22,012 a year per inmate, which is the 33rd highest in the nation, but still below the national average of $33,849.
By comparison, Texas spends less than one-third than the amount expended in New York, which shells out more than $69,000 per inmate each year.
The statistics come from backgroundchecks.org.
Here are the top 10 states in terms of per-inmate spending:
New York, $69,3552.
New Jersey, $61,6035.
Rhode Island, $58,5646.