Graph showing the annual cost of incarcerating people returned to prison for technical violations in select states. The graph shows that New York spends over $400,000,000 annual to incarcerate people returned to prison for technical violations. Pennsylvania and Illinois both spend over $200,000,000.

Data Source: Calculated by the Prison Policy Initiative using state returns to incarceration for revocation of parole (no new sentence) reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in Probation and Parole in the United States, 2016, Appendix Table 7, and average cost per inmate for each state, reported by Vera Institute of Justice in The Price of Prisons (2017). (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2018)

This graph originally appeared in Eight Keys to Mercy: How to shorten excessive prison sentences.

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