Last month, we told you about a report which explained that in 2012, it cost New York City $167,731 to house each of its inmates every day. It basically costs more to house a prisoner in New York City for a year than it does to attend a Ivy League university for four years. 

Al Jazeera America notes that the expense of incarcerating a prisoner in New York City is greater than four years of undergraduate tuition at Harvard University. Harvard's annual tuition is $38,891, or $155,564 for four years

The takeaway here (aside from the fact that it costs New York City a ridiculous amount of money to operate its jails) is to go to Harvard, not jail. Taxpayers will thank you.

[via Al Jazeera America]

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