Judges found to reduce sentencing when presented with full social and financial cost of incarceration

In the U.S., the direct monetary cost of incarcerating a single inmate averages $33,000 per year, according to the Vera Institute of Justice. But that number doesn’t include collateral consequences, like financial strain on the offender’s family, difficulty offenders have in finding employment after release and the increased likelihood they will offend again once released.

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