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The cost of housing an inmate in Philadelphia is $120 a day. With over 7,000 people currently in the city’s prison system, over $840,000 is being shelled out to keep individuals incarcerated daily.
The city wants to change that, and a recent $3.5 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation will give the city’s new decarceration plan a big boost.
The plan, laid out best in this Philly mag jawn, will aim to cut the city’s prison population by 34 percent over the next three years by implementing programs that expedite the release process, create alternatives to imprisonment and keep nonviolent offenders out of the prison system.
Between the development of two statewide recidivism reduction initiatives and progress being made on state “Clean Slate” legislation, April 2016 has been a good month so far for tackling Philadelphia and Pennsylvania’s notorious incarceration problem.