MONTREAL — Each prisoner in Canada’s 54 federal penitentiaries costs taxpayers $117,788, up 46% from a decade ago, says a new report.Follow @Canoe
A federal public safety ministry document says federal corrections spending reached a peak of $2.7 billion in 2013, or $1.1 billion more than in 2002-2003.
There were 2,082 more inmates serving sentences longer than two years compared with a decade ago.
Five-hundred additional corrections officers were hired to watch them, the document said.
Canada’s worst criminals are more expensive to house than other inmates, costing taxpayers up to $151,000 a year.
As of April 14, 2013, 579 women were incarcerated in federal prisons at an annual cost of $211,618 each, according to the document.