Even Prison Is More Expensive in NYC

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The entrance to the now-closed Arthur Kill Correctional Facility is shown on Staten Island in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.  The correctional center is the seventh prison, camp, or work release facility shuttered in 2011 as New York transferred about 2,600 inmates and 1,400 staff to its 60 remaining penal units in an effort to save millions of dollars and remove excess capacity.
Photo: Kathy Willens/AP/Corbis

A 2012 study of 40 states around the country found the average taxpayer cost per inmate was $31,286 annually, while a new look at New York City's prisons puts the local cost at a whopping $167,731 per prisoner, or more than five times higher.