Cost of prisons in the US

prson-mapA quick tour of the Cost of Prisons in the United States map reveals that the prison industry is doing well, especially in California, which has 135,000 people caged at a taxpayer cost of nearly $8 billion ($47,000 per inmate). From Think Progress: "Between 2008 and 2012, the CEO of one of the world's largest private prison firms earned $22 million in compensation, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. (Thanks, Brian!)