Sowell & Williams: On Alternatives to Incarceration, Disarmament & MORE

In Britain, where the “alternatives to incarceration” vogue has led to only 7 percent of convicted criminals being put behind bars, the annual cost of the prison system has been estimated at just under two billion pounds sterling. Meanwhile, the annual financial cost alone of crimes committed against the public has been an estimated sixty billion pounds sterling.

In the United States, the cost of incarcerating a criminal has been estimated as being $10,000 a year less than the cost of turning him loose.

In all these calculations we are leaving out the costs of violence, intimidation and the fears that people have for the safety of themselves and their children, not to mention the sense of helplessness and outrage when the society refuses to pay as much attention to innocent victims as they lavish on the criminals who victimize them.

See also:

These deal with political etymological sleight of tongue. Translation: How politicians use words to mislead and confuse.

09/17/10: The Money of Fools: Part IV  – Disarmament
09/16/10: The Money of Fools: Part III – Liberal vs Conservative
09/15/10: The Money of Fools: Part II –  Medical care vs health care, rich vs poor,
09/14/10: The Money of Fools – Rent control and Social Justice

Walter Williams joins in: Profit vs Non-profit.


Posted on September 27, 2010, in MUST READ, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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