At $1.5 billion dollars, the prison budget makes up the largest portion of the Department’s operating budget. With fiscal responsibility as one of the agencies top priorities, employees often find creative ways to trim costs.
Cost cutting efforts include:
Jerrell Everett, Vocational Instructor at Cross City CI, received a Davis Productivity Award by building furniture with inmate labor. The savings amounted to approximately $100,000.
Charlotte Correctional Institution librarian Willie Davenport established a relationship with various individuals, organizations and book stores to obtain continuous donations of new and used books for inmate libraries. Davenport collected donations of new and used reading materials. Over the last year, Davenport collected approximately 13,000 books with an estimated value of $60,000.
Inmate Costs over 5 years
|Revenue from inmate canteens and telephone commissions|
|Revenue from Canteen Operations||$30,973,262|
|Inmate Telephone Commissions||$5,383,690|
Summary of Average Inmate Costs (FY 2008-2009)
|Type of Facility||Average Population||Total Per Diem||Security Operations||Health
|Total All Facilities (excluding private)*||91,862||$52.00||$39.56||$11.47||$0.96|
|Adult Male Custody||51,055||$42.31||$35.71||$5.79||$0.80|
|Male Youthful Offender Custody||2,693||$60.37||$51.04||$5.26||$4.07|
|Adult and Youthful Female Custody||4,888||$69.30||$46.14||$21.46||$1.70|
|Work Release Centers/Other Contracted||3,481||$30.80||$28.71||$1.11||$0.97|
|*Note: Per diem figures do not include indirect and administrative costs of $0.80 for private institutions and $3.54 for major institutions (operations $1.69, health services $0.32, education $0.09, substance abuse $0.02, and departmental administration $1.42).|