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In California:

  • California has added 21 state prisons in 30 years, with the prison population expanding from 23,000 to 170,000
  • The California Prison Map shows the location of the 61 federal, state and private prisons
  • California’s recidivism rate is its 70%—twice the national average
  • Taxpayers pay $11 billion per year to operate the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • “It costs precisely as much to house, feed and guard one prisoner for one year in a California state prison as tuition, meals and housing cost for a student enrolled for one academic year at Harvard.” –Ted Koppel
  • The cost per inmate per year is now $49,000
  • Comparatively little of California’s prison budget goes toward rehabilitation

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