A new audit details how much Iowans pay to keep people behind bars. State Auditor Mary Mosiman's office says it costs just over $95 a day, or nearly $35,000 a year, to incarcerate a person in one of the state's prisons. Slightly more than 8,000 people were behind bars in the 2016 fiscal year that was highlighted in the report. The Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison had the highest average inmate cost at nearly $61,000.
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