Each prisoner costs £39,000 per year
Whilst reading this column in the Daily Mirror I found that it costs £750 per week to house a prisoner. That means it costs us £39,000 per year just to house one prisoner. I thought it only cost £18,000 per year. Seeing as we have 80,000 prisoners it means that we are spending over £3 billion on our prisoners and this will become more as we house more prisoners.
This makes me think that paying foreign countries to put our prisoners in their prisons is still a better option than we have now. It would probably cost us less than half and the poor countries would still be making a profit. Everyone wins. They get money and we save atleast £1 billion pounds per year that could be diverted to sectors like healthcare or policing.
Of course we wouldn’t send all our prisoners to foreign countries. There is no point in sending them if they are serving less than 6 months. We would actually have the resources to put those serving less than 6 months into rehabilitation programmes.