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Would you spend $13 million a year per prisoner in Guantánamo?

The US spends an astonishing amount of public money to lock people up in its Guantánamo Bay prison camp.

Last year, the US spent $13 million on each of the 40 men held in Guantánamo – totalling over half a billion dollars. By comparison, the US spent ‘only’ $78,000 per person in its ‘supermax’ prison facility in Colorado in 2012.

That means the US spends as much as 166 times more taxpayer money on Guantánamo detainees, the vast majority of whom have never been charged with a crime – even after as many as 18 years locked up since the prison camp first opened in 2002.

Guantánamo Bay is a symbol of injustice for America and its allies – and it’s an expensive one.

Add your name if you agree that it's a waste.


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