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This article submitted by long time CASA guardian ad Litem Mike Tikkanen

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If the medical community, Marion Wright Edelman (Children’s Defense Fund) and former MN Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz are right, the vast majority of crime in America is the result of what happened to that criminal as a child.

Several states including California and Arizona have used early grade test scores to assist in forecasting required prison capacity growth.  (Corrections Digest, April 12, 2002)

Louisiana  (the World’s Prison Capitol), Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma & several other states have incarceration rates 20 times that of incarceration rates in most other industrialized nations.

Federal Prisons are 131% of design capacity – 2015 18 states are over capacity. 800% increase in women in prison since 1980.

It would be a smart to know the cost of crime and compute how much money to spend to fix it.

Below are the statistics and research used to calculate the cost of crime in America today

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100 million Americans have a criminal record, 77% of inmates are arrested for a new crime within five years of their release from prison,

30.2% of Americans are arrested by their 23rd birthday, African Americans are incarcerated at 5 times the rate of whites & Black children 42% of children who are detained & 52% of children whose cases go to criminal court.

37% of American children are reported to Child Protective Services by their 18th birthday,

Abused children are 9 times more likely to be involved in criminal activity.  ACE study from 2006 criminality* in families.  Richard Ross Children in prison

Annually, 200,000 juveniles charged as adults.

  • A criminal record can reduce the likelihood of a callback or job offer by nearly 50 percent. The negative impact of a criminal record is twice as large for African American applicants.
  • Infectious diseases are highly concentrated in corrections facilities: 15% of jail inmates and 22% of prisoners – compared to 5% of the general population – reported ever having tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS, or other STDs.
  • Spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of spending on Pre‐K‐12 public education in the last thirty years.

Each burglary costs $41,288.00, (1,410,000 crimes * $41,288.00= $59,216,080,000.00) Washington University St Louis Study Iowa State University Cost of Crime Study

Each armed robbery costs $335,733.00, 41% of 332,198 robberies were committed with a gun * 136,201.00 = $45,727,170,333.00

Each aggravated assault costs $145,379.00 (744,000 crimes * $145,379.00 = $108,161,976,000.00

Each rape costs $448,000.00 (99,856 crimes * $448.000.00 = $44,735,488,000.00)

Each murder costs $17,252,656.00 * 17,250 murders = 297,608,316,000.00

Cases without the death penalty cost $740,000, where the death penalty is sought cost $1.26 million. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population.

There are 2708 Americans on death row;

2708 at $131,000,000 yr avg cost to maintain * 15 yr avg on Death Row =1,965,000,000.00 (2708 prisoners cost 2 Billion dollars)

Shootings Cost $174 billion Annually in the U.S.

America has 5% of the world’s population and 25% its prison population. 2,220,300 Americans in jails and prisons & 4,751,400 on parole.

Recidivism is near 80%

66% of incarcerated juveniles have mental health problems & half that number have multiple, serious and chronic mental illness.

 

Annual actual cost of crime in America is more than 1 trillion dollars Iowa Cost of Crime Study;

THE COST OF; COST PER CRIME NUMBER OF CRIMES ANNUAL COST
Burglary 41,288.00 1410000 58,216,080,000.00
Armed Robbery 335,733.00 136201 45,727,170,333.00
Aggravated AssaulT 145,379.00 744000 108,161,976,000.00
Rape 448,000.00 99856 44,735,488,000.00
Murder 17,252,656.00 17250 297,608,316,000.00
554,449,030,333.00

 

Among the 45 states that provided data (representing 1.29 million of the 1.33 million total people incarcerated in all 50 state prison systems), the total cost per inmate averaged $33,274 and ranged from a low of $14,780 in Alabama to a high of$69,355 in New York.

The Price of Prisons – Prison spending in 2015 …

*Several states including California and Arizona have used early grade test scores to assist in forecasting required prison capacity growth. Corrections Digest, April 12, 2002

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