Cost Per Inmate In Iowa

Auditor of State Mary Mosiman today released a combined report on the institutions under the control of the Iowa Department of Corrections. The report includes findings and recommendations and average cost per inmate information for the five years ended June 30, 2012.

The average cost per inmate at the nine institutions under the control of the Iowa Department of Corrections ranged from $20,879 at the North Central Correctional Facility – Rockwell City to $52,438 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center – Oakdale for the year ended June 30, 2012. General Fund expenditures for the nine institutions totaled approximately $263 million for the year ended June 30, 2012, an increase of approximately $1.4 million, or 0.5%, from the year ended June 30, 2011.

General Fund expenditures have decreased 2.4% during the five year period ended June 30, 2012. The average daily cost per inmate of $83.69 for the year ended June 30, 2012 was 0.5% less than the average daily cost per inmate of $84.09 for the year ended June 30, 2008. The average number of inmates decreased 2.2% over the five year period, from 8,765 for the year ended June 30, 2008 to 8,573 for the year ended June 30, 2012.

A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at http://auditor.iowa.gov/reports


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