Colorado spends $39,000 a year per prisoner, report finds

DENVER – Colorado spends more than $39,000 a year for each prisoner housed in its jails, according to a new report released Wednesday by a website specializing in background checks.  

The report, released by BackgroundCheck.org, found that Colorado’s spending is the 13th highest in the nation, with states like Rhode Island, Vermont and even Maryland spending more for their state prisoners.

The website used data from state budgets, state expenditure reports, the U.S. Department of Justice, state correctional agencies and departments, and the U.S. Census for their report. 

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