After checking out a few government web sites and the Pew Charitable Trusts web site, I discovered we house over 2 million people in our prison system at a cost of $30 – 40,000 each per year. By the year 2011, they expect a rise in prison population of 192,000 new inmates at a cost of $27.5 billion dollars in construction and operating expenses.
If I had my way, there would be no more resort style prisons, no more college, libraries or gyms and no more TV’s. But, that will never happen. They would just call me the Queen of Mean (to steal the title away from that hotel dame, Leona Hemsley).
Now, to the solution. Outsourcing has gotten a bad name in this country because it sends our jobs overseas. Why don’t we outsource our prisoners? Say to Siberia. It would be so, so much cheaper, we would not have to build more prisons and have to deal with prison riots. Lets just outsource the violent criminals to start and use our prisons for non-violent criminals.
Currently, the courts are allowing people to leave prison before their sentence if fulfilled because of overcrowding. Outsourcing would also solve that problem. I’m sure Siberia would be happy for the chance to earn American dollars, and I bet they would be good at the job.
With the money we save, we could pay off the national debt. We could lower taxes. We could do a lot more than house a bunch of criminals.