Lost human capital

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The most obvious cost is from lost productivity due to imprisonment – we’re losing more than $40 billion per year of economic output thanks to locking up and stigmatizing such a large portion of our population for drug crimes alone.  It’s worth noting that, while this bit of data has been repeated in articles much more recently, it’s 10 years old, and has likely gone up since it was published.  Needless to say, if you’re aware of any more recent estimates, let us know!

 

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