Charles Manson

Charles Manson has cost taxpayers millions

Manson is one expensive prisoner

Charles Manson has cost California $2 million – and counting.

That’s a conservative estimate of how much it costs to feed, house and care for an average prisoner for nearly 46 years, the time since Manson was sentenced to death, according to award-winning journalist Ed Leefedlt of CBS MoneyWatch.

Of course, as Leefedlt points out, Manson is no ordinary prisoner. The cost to maintain Death Row prisoners is an extra $90,000 a year according to Death Row Information Center – tacking on an additional $4 million total in Manson’s case.

Tally other miscellaneous costs involved in keeping Manson incarcerated, including security and staff time spent when Manson has committed offenses, the price is even higher. Reports by the Los Angeles Times state Manson has racked up more than 100 offenses including assault, possession of a deadly weapon, trying to intimidate staff and having an illegal cellphone during his incarceration. And many of those incidents caused unrest and additional costs. Consider the Los Angeles Times report that stated through the years Manson has spat in guards’ faces, threw hot coffee at a prison staffer, started fights, tried to cause a flood and set his mattress ablaze.

One of the more recent Manson scandals is his effort to smuggle sperm out of the prison. He has attempted to do so for more than a year in an effort to leave behind a “legacy,” reported The Daily Mail.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the 82-year old felon was recently treated at an undisclosed medical facility before he was returned to Corcoran State Prison in California. Prison officials decline to confirm or deny that Manson is gravely ill, citing confidentiality laws and security concerns.

Manson is serving 7 consecutive life sentences for his role in the infamous 1969 Tate-LaBianca slayings. On his orders, members of his “family” carried out the killings of seven people. Manson was sentenced to death in 1971 for his role in the killings.

The California Supreme Court in 1972 outlawed the death penalty.

[Feature Photo: California Department of Corrections]