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According to statistics provided by the office of California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst, the current annual cost for maintaining an inmate in a state prison is $47,102. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, however, places the number at $44,563.Why is there mass incarceration?
Mass incarceration exists for multitudinous reasons, including but not limited to: Exorbitant Bail - Nearly 500,000 people sit in prison at any given time, waiting for trial because they cannot afford to pay bail and be released to await trial.How many people are incarcerated?
At the end of 2019, there were an estimated 1,435,500 people in state and federal prisons, down 2.2 percent from 2018. Population data collected from 44 states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic showed only a 1.6 percent decrease during the first three months of 2020.