Frankly, I’m Not Seeing the Downside Here
The Missouri House Budget Committee was told two Missouri prisons could close down if the House cuts funds by five percent.
The warning was delivered to the budget officials by Public Safety & Corrections Chairman Dwight Scharnhorst from St. Louis County.
A top official told Scharnhorst how losing nearly 20 million dollars would effect on the Department of Corrections.
“His statement at the time was, ‘I will definitely have to close one institution, possibly two.’ It would be minimum security, he designated that right away.” said Scharnhorst.
Adult Prison Director Tom Clements says non-violent prisoners and those eligible for parole could be released before the end of their sentences.
So, what’s the problem? The state would save money, and people who mostly should not have been in prison in the first place would be free. I suppose those who work in the closed prison(s) would be hurt in the short term, but this would be an improvement for the economy as a whole because the money formerly spent on incarceration would be available for more productive uses. The same applies to the former prisoners who just might be able to return to (or start) useful employment. I simply fail to see the danger in this “warning.”
Link via John Combest.