Texas Prison System Spends $22,000 Per Inmate

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.

California, $64,6423.

Connecticut, $62,1594.

New Jersey, $61,6035. 

Rhode Island, $58,5646.

Vermont, $57,6157. 

Massachusetts, $55,1708.

Alaska, $52,6339.

Maryland, $44,60110.

Oregon, $44,021.

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