Cost Savings

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Myth: The contracting of correctional facilities has not resulted in the promised cost savings for taxpayers.

Fact: The government’s own financial data clearly underscores the savings provided by contractor-run facilities to the taxpayers.

At the federal level, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) 2018 Per Capita Cost Report shows that low security government-run institutions cost $92.46 per day, per inmate, compared to $66.63 per day for contracted facilities. The BOP Per Capita Cost Report reflects a 28% cost savings for contracted facilities over the most comparable low security federal prisons.