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NYC Spent Half a Million Dollars Per Inmate in 2020, Report Says

  • Corrections department spending jumped 30% from a year ago
  • Comptroller reiterates calls to close down Rikers Island jail
Rikers Island jail complex in the Bronx borough of New York City. 

Rikers Island jail complex in the Bronx borough of New York City. 

Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

The New York City Department of Corrections spent $447,337 per inmate in fiscal 2020, a third more than a year ago and more than double the fiscal 2015 mark, according to a report released Wednesday by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The city is spending more on inmates despite a drop in the number of incarcerations during the pandemic, the report said. Stay-at-home orders led to fewer arrests and prisoners were released to reduce the spread of Covid-19, leading to a drop in city inmates.