Doug Ross at Director Blue has done the math of the costs of Jeb Bush’s Acts of Love and the convict side alone is pretty expensive.
A little research led me to a fairly startling number. In 2012 alone, it was estimated that 350,000 illegal aliens are imprisoned in the United States, having been convicted of major crimes.
I repeat: 350,000 illegal aliens are residing in our prisons.
And how much does each illegal cost the taxpayer? The New York Times states that “the annual average taxpayer cost in these states was $31,286 per inmate.”
The total cost to the American taxpayer? $11 billion.
And that’s not measuring the full cost to society. We’re not talking about the costs of their pro bono lawyers, interpreters and social workers. We’re not talking about the enormous costs of their trials.
Those numbers can range around $42,000 p/courtroom hour. So we’ve got at least another $11 billion right there. Probably much more. And much of it borne by local municipalities.
Finally this means that illegal aliens make up 350,000 of the country’s 2.3 million inmates. Or 1 in 7 prisoners is an illegal alien.
And it means that the average incarceration rate for illegal aliens is much higher than the national 743 per 100,000 rate. Instead it would be more like 1 out of 33.