According to CBS MoneyWatch, 82-year-old Charles Manson has cost California’s taxpayers an extraordinary amount of money in health care costs, in addition to the millions of dollars spent to incarcerate him. Meanwhile, approximately 3 million residents of the state have no health coverage at all.
While in prison, Manson has continued to extoll influence over followers, including at least two people that left their homes and moved to California to be closer to the cult leader. Manson has also amassed at least 100 rules violations during his time in prison, including assaults, possessing weapons and drugs, and being caught three times with a cell phone. Because of those factors, as well as Manson’s age, housing the murderous criminal is an expensive endeavor.
It is estimated that if Manson behaved like a normal prisoner, the state of California would spend around $42,000 annually to house him. However, CBS MoneyWatch notes that to house someone like Manson, it could cost an additional $90,000 each year, not including health care costs.