The cost of sending a criminal to jail could be a third more expensive than previously thought, a report warned yesterday.
The true bill for a year in prison could be as high as £49,220 when the price of supporting the offender’s family was taken into account. This compares with the existing estimate of £37,500 a year for the cost of the “bars and walls” of the jail itself.
The study by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, concluded prisoners’ families were “hidden innocent victims” who experienced significant impoverishment.
The extra cost of sending someone to jail could include NHS bills for treating the offender’s relatives, for example for depression. Other expenses could include foster care for children or a home help to assist with chores.
£50,000 true cost of year in jail, study finds