Fri April 10, 2009
The cost of Commonwealth prisoners
By Stu Johnson
Frankfort, KY – The cost of jailing Kentucky's prisoners continues to grow. The state corrections budget went from almost 400-million in 2007 to nearly 450-million this year. Over the last 15 years, the Commonwealth's prison population has grown from 93-hundred to 21-thousand. And each one of those inmates cost the state about 19-thousand dollars annually. That price tag has some lawmakers rethinking the state's penal code, its lengthy prison sentences and the Commonwealth's strategies for rehabilitating prisoners. Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson reports.