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 Nursing Home and Jail/Prison Statistics

650,000 prisoners will be released in the next year, 1,700 a day.

  • The Georgia Department of Corrections’ FY2002 expenditures totaled about $968.1 million.

  • In Chatham County for the FY 2002, 157 women were incarcerated, 2,312 men, for a total of 2,469 people. 

  • A total of 46,747 were incarcerated in Georgia for FY 2002.

  • In Chatham County alone for 2002, it cost $28,424,218 to house inmates in prisons; this does not count the cost of Supervision for Probation costs. 

  • There were 3,643 people who were convicted of crimes in Chatham County ; the costs vary by the type of supervision.  These run from $1.49 ($544 a year) to $3.50 (1,278 a year) a day. 

  • This averages out to $3,317,589.03 a year, which brings the total cost of incarceration and, probation to about $31,741,807.03 a year in Chatham County .

** This is for 5,432 people who are either locked up or on probation Statistics show that 66% of the people in nursing homes do not have a living relative.

Black males have a 29% chance of serving time in prison at some point in their lives: Hispanic males have a 16% chance; white males have at 4% chance.

About 18,000 people pass through our Chatham County Jail in a year according to Jail Administration.  In the United States 1 in 32 are incarcerated or on parole.  Georgia is ranked as third in the United States for numbers of people incarcerated and on parole. Georgia is also ranked sixth for total number in prison. The Savannah area represents 5% of current state of Georgia inmate population.  

Picture yourself, you just got out of prison and were transported to a town where you have no place to stay, no job, and no “safe” friends to turn to, with $25 in your pocket to provide food, shelter, and transportation until you not only find a job, but work long enough to collect a paycheck.  The truth is, these people are being asked to do the impossible. A well-educated person, with no criminal record, would have a very hard time trying to accomplish this feat. He may find an employer who would trust him with an advance and a landlord who will wait for the deposit and rent, but what chance does a man straight out of prison have of finding these considerations?

Jail ministry is the front line in the battle for an inmate’s soul. You can meet them at their lowest point, before they have had the chance to tend to their emotional wounds and build up walls.  An active ministry in even a small jail can expect to see souls saved almost every trip.

Taxpayers spend on the average about $20,000 per inmate.

Over one-half of all inmates are divorced during the first year that they are in prison. 

This is often done for financial reasons, with the welfare office telling the wife that she can get more benefits if she gets a divorce. Of the estimated 15 percent who do stay together during the prison term, only about 3 to 5 percent are still together one year after release.

A minimum of 40 million people are adversely affected by crime.

The 2000 United States ’ rate of incarceration of 702 inmates per 100,000 population is the highest reported rate in the world, now ahead of Russia ’s rate of 675 per 100,000.

Further, individuals convicted of a drug felony are permanently banned from receiving TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) or food stamps.

The majority of state prisoners (60 percent) are held in facilities more than 100 miles from their homes, it is not surprising that most fathers (57 percent) report never having a personal visit with their children after admission to prison.

America imprisons more people than any nation on earth—2 million at the present time. We have 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s inmates. The most tragic part of this is that nearly 70 percent of all prisoners released this year will be back in prison within two years.

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