Beyond lost wages, missed child support and probation fees, it's difficult to calculate the true cost of spending time behind bars. One thing is clear, though: For offenders and families already on the edge, incarceration can be financially devastating.
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It’s almost impossible to calculate the exact “cost” of spending time behind bars. The meter starts running at the moment of arrest, and doesn’t stop after someone’s released. From lawyer fees to jail calls to probation, incarceration can be financially devastating.
Over the next month, a new KERA series One Crisis Away: The Price Of Prison will chronicle the costs for the inmates behind bars, for the families left behind and for society as a whole.
We’ll hear from a man with five children who’s spent half his adult life in and out of jail, and another who another who, faced with the high costs associated with probation, opted to go back into jail. We’ll dig into the racial disparities and history of incarceration, and look at a brand-new district attorney who’s set an ambitious goal: to fundamentally change the system.