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Guantanamo inmates cost U.S. $900,000 each per year



This news story was published on May 19, 2013.
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Soldiers exit a sally port after completing a 12-hour shift at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay. UPI/Michael R. Holzworth/U.S. Air Force

Soldiers exit a sally port after completing a 12-hour shift at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay. UPI/Michael R. Holzworth/U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) — The 166 detainees remaining in Guantanamo cost U.S. taxpayers about $900,000 a year each, officials say.

The annual cost of the detention center at the naval base in Cuba is $150 million, CNN reported. That makes it far more expensive than the typical federal prison, where spending is about $25,000 a year per inmate, a figure that rises to $60,000 for the almost 500 inmates at the federal “supermax” prison in Florence, Colo.

More than half of the Guantanamo inmates are currently on hunger strike. There are also questions about the facility’s future, since many of the inmates are on a list of those a presidential task force recommended in 2009 to be transferred to their home countries.

But the military is planning to spend millions of dollars for renovations at Guantanamo. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly said the tab could run to $170 million because Guantanamo was created hastily in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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4 Responses to Guantanamo inmates cost U.S. $900,000 each per year

  1. LVS Reply Report comment

    May 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Maybe we should just shoot the druggers. A bullet is a lot cheaper. Then we wouldn’t have to read this crap all the time.

  2. LBS Reply Report comment

    May 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    That’s what we spend incarcerating 3-4 meth heads a year. Little old Iowa does that.

    • Observer Reply Report comment

      May 21, 2013 at 7:10 am

      The State Auditor says differently, but I shall not do your homework for you and give the correct answer.

      Second, why don’t you want criminals locked up? Would you rather them wandering the community? Or do you hold that much disdain for law and order?

      If the latter is the case, I doubt that the U.S. is your cup of tea since it is a country based upon the rule of law. It is the duty of ever U.S. citizen to obey those laws, like them or not. And if you disobey them, there are consequences for your actions.

      • LBS Reply Report comment

        May 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

        No, a person doesn’t own their own bodies. I want to spend $1 million dollars every time someone does a drug I don’t like. Ya, that’s the ticket, employs prison guards.