Lecture 1-27 - Lecture, 1/ 27/10 Punishment Problem The...

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1 Lecture, 1/ 27/10 Punishment Problem The U.S. has the highest reported incarceration rate in the world, 686 out 100,000, average crime rate. With so many of our citizens in prison compared with the rest of the world, there are only two possibilities: Either we are home to the most evil people on earth or we are doing something different–and vastly counterproductive.” Sen. Jim Webb Costs Taxpayers, Offenders, Offender’s Families, Offender’s Communities Joblessness of former inmates Normalization of prison experience Costs to community as a whole Public good sacrificed for private security, Damage to liberal ideals Human dignity, Liberty, Due process, Freedom from government coercion, Privacy California: cost 2008: $10 Billion yearly budget ($12 billion for higher education) Today: 11% of state budget to prison, 7.5 to higher education. (Schwarzenegger) About 166,000 persons incarcerated at a cost of around $49,000 per year. Additional 320,000 in custody or on parole. California: effective? California has a recidivism rate of approximately 65% California legislature has fought efforts to decrease inmate population, in spite of a fiscal crisis of epic proportions, and federal court order to reduce inmate population by 40,000. Michigan’s Solution One of few states to cut prisons—15 in the last decade, 8 more planned for this year. Parole rate up, recidivism and arrests down, Crime rate is 3% less than national average and declined in all categories from 2007-08. Texas: Justice Reinvestment Initiative
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