I have been wondering about this for many years and I have never been able to figure out why our government is so pitiful when it comes to handling OUR money. They do a lot of stupid things, it seems to me, especially when our country is in such a pure financial condition. What am I talking about?
Every day, I hear about how over crowded our jails and prisons are how much per year it costs to house and to take care of each prisoner. It seems to me that not long ago, I heard that the cost was approaching $60,000 per head! Did you know that? And how much do these prisoners pay the government back to cover these expenses? I’m sure that you have already guessed correctly, if you didn’t know already. That’s right. To the best of my knowledge, the prisoners don’t pay a penny back to us for all these costs that they have caused us…the general public! Now, do you think that is right? Now, I have to clear that up a little bit. I have been in a couple prisons. No, I didn’t break the law. I was there on business. At one of them, the prisoners were manufacturing shoes and other items that were to be used by the prisoners which would save us all quite a bit of money.
I think that every one of our jails and prisons should be set up to manufacture everything that the prisoners need during their stay cooped up away from society. They shouldn’t be just sitting around or exercising to build their muscles so they can overpower the guards. Each and every one of the prisoners need to be responsible for paying back the government (us) for all the costs of their incarceration. They should not be given a free ride. Do you suppose such a requirement could be an additional deterrent and cause them to think twice about a life of crime? If they are in for life, well, then, they will need to work doing something all the time that they are imprisoned.
I surely like what that Sheriff in Arizona is doing with his prisoners. You know, the one who has the prisoners living in tents instead of nice air conditioned rooms. If I was put in one of those tents, sweating in the summer Arizona heat, I certainly would do every things I could to not do anything that would cause me to spend extra time there! How about you? If you agree with me, write your Congressman and insist that something must be done to make prisoners pay their way for every penny of cost while they are in a correctional facility.
Guess what, if you are to accomplish this in your State, the savings should have a great effect on your taxes. Maybe a big affect on those taxes!
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at email@example.com.