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20 states that spend the most on prisons

GOBankingRates Logo By Gabrielle Olya of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 21: The U.S. spent $80 billion on corrections at the federal, state and local levels as of 2010, which is the most recent and widely reported data, according to the Brookings Institution. Of that amount, $38.8 billion has fallen on taxpayers, according to a 2012 Vera Institute of Justice report. However, some states rack up greater corrections expenditures than others due to a variety of factors.Click through to find out how much prison inmates are costing the 20 top-spending states.

Prison inmates are costing these states billions

The U.S. spent $80 billion on corrections at the federal, state and local levels as of 2010, which is the most recent and widely reported data, according to the Brookings Institution. Of that amount, $38.8 billion has fallen on taxpayers, according to a 2012 Vera Institute of Justice report. However, some states rack up greater corrections expenditures than others due to a variety of factors.

Click through to find out how much prison inmates are costing the 20 top-spending states.

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