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Wasting Money, Wasting Lives: Calculating the Hidden Costs of Incarceration in New Jersey

Wasting Money, Wasting Lives: Calculating the Hidden Costs of Incarceration in New Jersey

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This report is the first-ever analysis of the hidden and comprehensive costs of incarceration in New Jersey. In addition to the cost of prison beds (the usual measure of incarceration costs), the report examines hidden costs such as lost wages during the time people are incarcerated, lost lifetime wages that result from diminished employment opportunities, lost taxable income, and lost child support. At a time when the state is facing severe budget deficits and cutting critical social programs and services, the report finds that the state is losing literally billions of dollars in direct and hidden costs as a result of the harsh and ineffective overuse of incarceration. The report looks at costs state-wide and also provides a snapshot of costs for New Jersey’s largest city, Newark.
This report is the first-ever analysis of the hidden and comprehensive costs of incarceration in New Jersey. In addition to the cost of prison beds (the usual measure of incarceration costs), the report examines hidden costs such as lost wages during the time people are incarcerated, lost lifetime wages that result from diminished employment opportunities, lost taxable income, and lost child support. At a time when the state is facing severe budget deficits and cutting critical social programs and services, the report finds that the state is losing literally billions of dollars in direct and hidden costs as a result of the harsh and ineffective overuse of incarceration. The report looks at costs state-wide and also provides a snapshot of costs for New Jersey’s largest city, Newark.

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Published by: webmaster@drugpolicy.org on Apr 13, 2009
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Wasting Money,Wasting Lives
Calculating the Hidden Costsof Incarceration in New Jersey
Meredith Kleykamp Jake RosenfeldRoseanne Scotti
 
Meredith Kleykamp Jake RosenfeldRoseanne ScottiCopyright© May2008The Drug PolicyAllianceAllrightsreservedPrinted in the United StatesofAmericaThisreportisalso available in PDFformaton the Drug PolicyAlliance website:www.drugpolicy.org/hiddencostsNo dedicated fundswere or willbe receivedfrom anyindividual, foundation or corporationin the writing or publishing ofthisbooklet.
 
Executive Summary2Introduction3PortraitofIncarceration in New Jersey4CostsofIncarceration in New Jersey6StudyMethodology6Hidden Costs: 8Incarceration and LostChild SupportHidden Costs: 8Children with Incarcerated ParentsPost-incarceration CostsofImprisonment: 9Employmentand WagesNew Jersey’sComprehensive 10Drug Reform Act(CDRA)The Case ofNewark11Conclusion12AppendixA: 14Calculating Incarceration CostsEndnotes15
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