Taxes and Convicts
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How Much Tax Money Goes to Prisoners

How Much Tax Money Goes to Prisoners | Taxes and Convicts | Scoop.it

As of 2009, there were over 2 million people in federal, county and state facilities. There's another 5 million that are on parole or under state supervision. We spend $32 billion a year to keep criminals locked up.

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Taxpayers to pay $800,000 for a rape convict’s Heart Transplant

Taxpayers to pay $800,000 for a rape convict’s Heart Transplant | Taxes and Convicts | Scoop.it

A man by the name Kenneth Pike, age 55, is awaiting a heart transplant while in jail. This man is looking for a sentence up to 40 years for raping a 13 year old relative. According to the records, Pike could be the first prisoner in New York to receive a heart transplant, said the spokesman for the Department of Correctional Services, Peter Cutler. The way though that is very interesting about this heart transplant though is that, the tax payers are actually paying $800,000 for him to receive the transplant.

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Working inmates = $2.5 million in taxpayer savings

Working inmates = $2.5 million in taxpayer savings | Taxes and Convicts | Scoop.it

Loads of laundry, plenty of plates, and bunches of blankets; it's all the hallmarks of a program that's rehabilitating Benton County's inmates, while saving taxpayers plenty of money. It's often been said "work does a man good," but in this case it's doing everyone good. Whether it's splashes of disinfectant or boxes of lunch, inmates are doing work Benton County doesn't have to pay for, allowing the county to dodge the costs of hiring new employees. More than $2.5 million has been saved in just one year. It's important to note only non-violent offenders qualify to work. Not only is it helping the county save money, but it's helping Benton County's convicts get back on track. More than 60 prisoners now work at the jail and there are plans to expand the job offerings. The benefits couldn't be better: inmates are helping to better their lives, while helping taxpayers better their savings.

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There are ways to save Taxes

People do have ways to save taxes such as Jackson Hewitt for example! This is the people's reaction if they were to save there taxes  from the convicts.

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Impact on Prisons

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A criminal’s burden to society does not end upon conviction – in many ways that is just the beginning. Few people realize how much money goes into the housing and care of convicted criminals. For instance, California’s prison system costs the state nearly $11 billion to operate, or roughly $64,700 for each of the system’s approximately 170,000 inmates.1,2 Clearly, we must provide adequate food, shelter and health care for California’s prisoners, as well as training and rehabilitation so they can return to society with the skills and desire to contribute constructively, but these are in no way where prisoners’ costs end.

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Rajaratnam's kidney transplant could cost taxpayers $300,000

Rajaratnam's kidney transplant could cost taxpayers $300,000 | Taxes and Convicts | Scoop.it

Taxpayers could be bankrolling a kidney transplant for wealthy white collar convict Raj Rajaratnam, recently sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for insider trading. The cost could exceed $300,000 if he's able to secure a kidney early in his sentence, including the price of the transplant and a decade's worth of post-operative therapy.

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Taxpayers Spend Millions To Educate Convicts

Taxpayers Spend Millions To Educate Convicts | Taxes and Convicts | Scoop.it

While states across the nation suffer through their most dire financial crisis some still dedicate tens of millions of dollars annually to educate prison inmates and lawmakers are finally questioning the costly programs that liberals claim improve behavior and reduce recidivism.In Texas, where a budget shortfall has slashed funding for public education, an entire school district with 1,300 employees and a $128 million budget is dedicated to schooling prison inmates.

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Inmates can save taxpayers money

The skill center has helped inmates get a second chance at life. The inmates help the skill center in remodling old park buildings.

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