Save Money By Crime
Britain’s ballooning prison population is a disastrous mess | Harry Woolf - Times Online
In such a severe economic crisis it is folly to have policies that make the prison population substantially higher than is necessary. Many US states are introducing policies to cut the number of prisoners, which, in turn, has cut reoffending. We must do the same.
I would like to know where he gets his US proof from - my understanding is summarised:
The Great California Prison Experiment - Freakonomics
letting out the prisoners is more or less a wash from a societal cost-benefit perspective. The money we save from freeing the prisoners is on the same order of magnitude as the pain and suffering associated with the extra crime.