THE BRONX - Putting a New York City criminal in the slammer for a year costs the same as a four-year Ivy League education, according to a new report.
The city's Independent Budget Office says that in 2012, that amounted to more than $167,000 annually for one inmate. When the numbers are broken down, it shows that taxpayers shell out about $460 per inmate each day.
At the Bronx County Courthouse, some say the cost of the city's corrections system is unbelievable, but others thought the numbers seemed to be fair.
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Former Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn suggests reducing costs by replacing Riker's Island, which takes in most of the money, with jails next to city courthouses.