The GOP-controlled House recently voted to keep the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open even though it costs American taxpayers $2.7 million per inmate.
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Calif., testified during a recent Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing that the cost of operating the controversial prison was $454 million in the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, 2013.
Smith, whose numbers come from the U.S. Department of Defense, calculated the cost to be about $2.7 million for each of the 166 inmates, who are suspected of terrorism but have not been tried and convicted.
About $4.7 billion has been spent the Guantanamo Bay jail since in opened in 2002, notes Reuters, even though more than half of the prisoners have been released without trial because of lack of evidence.
However, "super-max" prisons in the United States spend about $60,000 to $70,000 per inmate.
But some Republicans claim the suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay are simply too dangerous to allow into a "super-max" jails, which already hold convicted terrorists.
"Until we are presented with a good, viable strategy for what to do with terrorists who would work night and day to murder innocent Americans, I have a hard time seeing how it is responsible to shut down our detention facilities and send these individuals home," said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who supports the huge costs of Guantanamo Bay, but not health care for Americans.
Cruz did not explain how the suspected terrorists would escape "super-max' prisons and kill Americans.