Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How Much Should We Spend On Prisons?

NPR had a story last week that looked at remarks US Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer made before the National District Attorneys Association. In it was this quote I thought was interesting:
"A criminal justice system that spends disproportionately on prisons, at the expense of policing, prosecutions, and recidivism-reducing programs, is unlikely to be maximizing public safety."
Prisons cost money, lots of money. I think it's worth having a discussion about our spending on prisons. However, given the proximity to our elections, I don't think that we'll be having that conversation anytime soon.

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