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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 11:59 AM
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89. There's just not enough money to do a good job in corrections.
As pointed out in the report, politicians safely promise "tough on crime" policies, but there's never enough funding to keep disruptors separate while providing programming for the inmates who really want to adopt pro-social behavior. Just determining which inmates are serious about changing is prohibitively expensive, because it requires a large trained staff who are not playing the same head games as the inmates. To the extent a general population is allowed to socialize and associate freely, a free-market system of contraband and rule-breaking will flourish.

A graduated incarceration system of behavioral education and special controls can effect real change, in my opinion, but the cost will be far more than taxpayers are willing to bear.
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