You Paid For It: Per-day inmate costs in SC

State funds spent
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's not cheap to make criminals to pay their debt to society.

While numbers from the SC Department of Corrections show the overall number of prisoners housed in the state has decreased almost 15% over the last seven years, the per-day cost of housing those inmates has steadily increased.

In 1988, it cost the state $33.37 per day ($12,213 per year) per inmate.

By 2017, states spending was $52.20 per day ($19,054 per year) per inmate.

That included budget items such as staff salaries, housing, care, security, work programs and employee benefits.

That total included state and federal dollars and "other" income such as gr ants.

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