It cost the state — and by extension, taxpayers — an average of $36,106 to incarcerate a single person in Michigan in 2017.
You can buy a new Ford Explorer for that, according to Kelley Blue Book.
At that rate, a single prisoner sentenced to 30 or more years would cost Michigan taxpayers more than $1 million to incarcerate.
FY 2018-19 MDOC Budget
$2,019,056,200 – Total spending authority from all revenue sources