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PRISON AUDIT: Costs Rise To $263M

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An audit on the Iowa Department of Corrections shows it cost $263-million to run the state’s nine institutions in 2012.

The figure is an increase of about $1.5-million from 2011.

It all breaks down to an average of just over $83 per inmate per day.

The annual cost of an inmate ranges from $20,900 to $52,400 per year.

The North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City spends the least on inmates and the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale spends the most.


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