“It’s more like $100…it takes about $100 a month to cover your costs in prison.”
When K* shared this with us a few years ago, I was shocked. Changed Choices provides a small stipend, $35/month, to our clients who do not receive financial support from family. The stipend covers the cost of stamps, phone time, hygiene items, and medical visits. K’s comment allowed our staff to take a deeper dive into the “cost of being an inmate”. Inflation is far reaching, and increased the cost of basic necessities for inmates in some places by 40%.