Funds three books of postage stamps for a trans person who’s inside.
Buys two months of cosmetics from a commissary.
Covers a month’s worth of phone calls home to loved ones.
Gets a trans person on the inside a sweat suit and a pair of shoes.
The cost of one commissary grant and the average cost to bail someone out.
Full fees for legally changing gender markers on ID documents inside ICE detention.
Show me the money: Tracking the companies that have a lock on sending funds to incarcerated people — We looked at all fifty state departments of corrections to figure out which companies hold the contracts to provide money-transfer services and what the fees are to use these services.
Learn who profits from the prison industry — Private companies make hundreds of millions of dollars each year off of incarcerated people. These profits come at the expense of incarcerated people being able to maintain contact with their communities. A system that exploits instead of rehabilitates incarcerated people is one reason that 68% will eventually return to prison.
Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families — The True Cost of Incarceration on Families proves that the costs of locking up millions of people is much deeper than we think. Locking up individuals also breaks apart their families and communities, saddles them with overwhelming debt, and leads to mental and physical ailments. The situation is dire, but a better approach is possible.