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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Prisons Shutting Down Nationwide in WSJ

Monday's Wall Street Journal had a very good article on page 3 of the first section on prisons shutting down all over the country for various reasons. The first of which is the cost of operating prisons againt the tough on crime approach that has led to nothing short of a boom in the construction of jails and prisons for the past three decades.

 States are now looking to cut costs of government.  Prisons and jails are  big fat targets. The baic thought behind all this is there are two classes of inmates: those we are afraid of and those we are just mad at. The afraid of class is the murderes, rapists, child molesters and the like. The folks we are mad at just won't behave to societal norms for drug and alcohol issues and other low level offeses.

 Canyon County taxpayers can be very happy with the outcomes of three failed bond elections to build a new jail. We can all be thankful the 2,000 bed jail city proposed for the property the county commisioners purchased out on Hwy 20/26 did not pass muster with voters. In Canyon County we have more people we are simply mad at than those we are afraid of to have on the streets.  We live in a very safe environment despite what you see on the local news each day.

1 comment:

  1. all i can say is amen to no debt for a new jail in canyon county.


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