posted on Jan, 1 2011 @ 01:07 PM
$100,000 - $150,000 a year per prisoner sounds corrupt to me. Even if through incompetence rather than by design. Prisons could not only be
self-funding, they could generate income that forms the cash element of the criminal repaying his debt to society.
If it costs less to house and guard frail and infirm prisoners in care homes than in prisons, then it is time businesses that own and run prisons are
brought to book. It is scandalous that private enterprises can milk the treasury in this way and a full accounts and service audit of all such
businesses when compared with audited accounts of care home businesses, should disclose where the waste, profiteering or fraud may originate and fix
I do not care where in the world this occurs, taxpayers should not have to fund any criminal's day to day living expenses that businesses and
corporations can contract to use cheap prison labour, reduce production costs and increase profits whilst undermining local employment options.
I think prisoners should be made to work and should be paid an agreed minimum wage. Prisoner income could be heavily taxed. First with normal taxes
everyone pays, then boarding costs, then third of what's left to, victim; as part of restorative justice, treasury; debt to society, self; pay for
their own luxuries.
As a taxpaying citizen, albeit an incarcerated one, an elderly and infirm or severly disabled prisoner would be able to access full pension rights as
anyone else, and pay for their own care.
edit on 1/1/2011 by teapot because: add a bit