Ok so here is a good example of the CDC costs. Read through this.
PRISON LIFE INSIDE C.D.C.
Taxpayers tend to complain about the money spent on the system, because as the California Department of Corrections (CDC) states in its web page, it costs more to house an inmate than to educate a child. Currently, it costs $21,509 per year to house an inmate however, the bulk of this price is not "three meals, television, and health care." Instead, it is for the security of the institution guarding inmates around the clock. Security accounts for forty seven percent of this cost, or $10,240 per inmate, per year. As CDC states in its web page, inmates "must be supervised twenty four hours per day, seven days a week." The prison staff must oversee the inmates movements "from the time they wake up, during meals, when working or in class, during free time in the dayroom, and believe it or not, when they are asleep" (See CALIFORNIA Page 1).
In 1994 the Little Hoover Commission, an independent agency created to oversee state government operations, studied the California Department of Corrections. According to their report, the goal of the system is to rehabilitate and punish inmates but does it? The answer is NO! While the system does punish, it does little to rehabilitate, and many feel the punishment is often worse than the crime in terms of time served behind bars.
The programs needed for drug and alcohol rehabilitation have been virtually eliminated, "only a tiny fraction 3% of prisoners in need of drug treatment receive it, " (SEE FOOTE Page 6). A judge can send a person to state prison for up to five years for possession of rock cocaine, but there is little or no drug rehabilitation offered to that person. (See CALIFORNIA Page 22). As FOOTE states in his report, it is unfortunate that the "dead" time behind bars cannot be utilized for training, education, drug treatment, and other therapies for inmates, the large majority of whom will be returned to the free world within a few years."(See FOOTE Page 6) Without some kind of training, these offenders will be back inside a few years, continuing to cost the state money. One report likened the idea of sending a drug user who has been convicted of committing robberies to finance his habit to state prison, to "a maid sweeping dirt from the floor under the living room rug. The dirt from around the house has not been removed. The problem has not been solved, it is just out of sight." (SEE MARZINSKY Page 6). He then goes on to say of the prisoners that eventually get out.
"Many of them are getting out in worse shape than they went in, much angrier. Many have been raped, beaten, robbed, and psychologically brutalized by other inmates to levels unimaginable to the average working man." (See MARZINSKY Page 9).
This is not conducive to a productive return to society. Though television talk shows and media leads us to believe that inmates are getting free higher education at taxpayer expense, this is simply not the case. However, some kind of standardized educational system is needed within the prison system, since many inmates have turned to a life of crime due to lack of education. As the Little Hoover Commission reported in 1994, "Fifty-six percent of male inmates cannot function at a ninth grade reading level and "20,000 don't speak English and the vast majority never have developed skills to hold a job successfully." (See CALIFORNIA Page 108)
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