Jesuit Social Services

Prison spending: the true cost of Victoria's failed 'tough on crime' approach

Victoria's prison system is overcrowded, recidivism is at a 10-year high and there has been no evident decrease in crime. The failed law and order policies pursued by state governments in recent years have come at an enormous cost, evidenced by the extraordinary single-year increase of almost $70 million on our criminal justice system between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

The $626 million spike in prison spending over the past 10 years is money that could be better spent on social services to build safer communities with lower levels of crime.

See what it could afford below.


Prison spending: Education


Prison spending: Nurses


Prison spending: Mental health

Prison spending: Housing

Read the media release - Money spent on prisons could prevent crime before it occurs: Jesuit Social Services