Prohibitive cost of prisons

Other Names:
Social cost of incarceration

The USA has the world's highest rate of incarceration and the prison population is rising by 13% a year. This means building new prisons at the rate of $100 million a week in construction costs alone. It costs over $40,000 a year to keep a convict in a federal high-security prison.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST