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20 States That Spend the Most on Prisons

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

As of 2010, the U.S. spent $80 billion on corrections expenditures at the federal, state and local levels, according to The Brookings Institute, the most recent and widely reported figure. Of that amount, $38.8 billion has fallen onto the taxpayers, according to a 2012 Vera Institute of Justice report. However, some states spend more on corrections and expenses 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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