A recent report found that it costs about as much to jail an inmate in New York City for one year as it does to pay for four years of tuition at an Ivy League university.
The Independent Budget Office found that in 2012 it cost the city $167,731 to house each of its more than 12,000 daily inmates — that’s about $460 per inmate per day.
Undergraduate tuition at Harvard University is $38,891 annually, or $155,564 for a four-year degree.
Of the more than 12,000 inmates, more than 2,000 are being held for drug offenses — which surpasses the number of both murder and robbery offenders.
The majority of inmates are African American, 57 percent; followed by Hispanics, 33 percent; whites, 7 percent; and Asians at 1 percent, a New York City Department of Corrections report said. The majority of inmates also come from in less affluent areas of the city.
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