MTA Law Working Papers

A Jogtudományi Intézet műhelytanulmányai

Lili Márk, Balázs Váradi: The Cost of Detention

In our study, we assess the per capita costs of detention in Hungary. More accurately, we measure the cost increase per detainee to determine by how much costs would increase if the prison population were to grow. According to our results, under unchanged conditions, a 1,500 increase in the number of detainees would create a cost a total of 1,598,288 Hungarian forints (HUF) per capita per year. Given the same increase, assuming ideal conditions, the overall cost of detention would be 2,156,922 HUF per capita per year.