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February 15, 2011

"Budget Crunch Forces A New Approach To Prisons"

The title of this post is the headline of this NPR story which rant today and starts this way:

Budget problems are forcing states and the federal government to rethink their approach to prisons. More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States, and the cost is getting unbearable.

Even conservatives who describe themselves as tough on crime are starting to call for the release of some inmates. That's in part because the numbers are speaking louder than ever. States spend about $50 billion a year to house prisoners, and experts say incarceration is the fastest-growing expense in state budgets, except for Medicaid.

February 15, 2011 at 09:05 AM | Permalink

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