Cost Of Illegal Aliens In L.A. County Jail
How much are the illegal aliens in county jail costing us? The correct answer is “over $82 million per year.”
That's based on a price of about $53 per day, times 365 days per year, times an estimated 4235 illegal aliens occupying jail cells on any given day throughout a year.
Please note, however, that the $82 million figure does not include the cost of the injuries and property loss their victims suffer; nor the cost of the prosecutors, public defenders and judges involved in their trials; nor the value of the time of the jurors who convict them.
[Author's note: thank you to David Markland, the Mayor Sam reader who helped refine an earlier incarnation of this essay by pointing out my misinterpretation of some federal statistics about the number illegal inmates. To see the underlying figures and sources, visit L.A. Policy Institute.]