$34,113 a year. That's the average annual amount the I0wa Department of Corrections spends per inmate according to an audit of DOC institutions from 2011 to 2015.
The audit also shows that the average annual cost per inmate rose by 15 percent since 2011, and during this same time period the total inmate population decreased by seven percent.
Steve Dick, financial manager for the DOC, says when you have fewer prisoners the daily costs of running an institution are not as spread out. So expenses are divided by a smaller number of people.