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I like the suggestions, but what I'm not seeing is cost of the plans and how it'd be implemented. Any frther details?
Crininal Justice resources
"The number of Americans locked up has quadrupled in the last 25 years to almost 2 million, as states used longer sentences to get tough on crime. In Michigan, the prison population has increased almost five times since 1975 to nearly 50,000 ... .Nationwide, an increasing number of released inmates--two of three in 1994--committed another serious crime within three years. In Michigan, of the 7,701 inmates paroled in 1995, 40 percent returned within four years for either a parole violation or new sentence. That's up from 26 percent of the inmates paroled in 1991." Source: Detroit Free Press (10 Jun 2002): p.8 secA
"The average cost to keep one person incarcerated for a year in 1992 was about $25,000, and the average cost to keep one person on probation for a year was $5,000. When we multiply by the number of people under each form of corrections, the total costs are about $47 billion per year. Add to that the costs of law enforcement and the total climbs to about $71 billion a year. And this does not include the costs of courts and prosecution, nor the costs of building prisons and jails...." Source: U.S. Criminal Justice Interest Groups : Institutional Profiles. Westport, Ct. : Greenwood Press, 1993.