Taking on Crime
I like the Right on Crime approach as Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist call it. That if you are a Conservative one of the principles of Conservatism is to judge the results of investments that you. Make in government at tax payers expense and corrections and prisons are a government operation. So since thats the case that we want to have corrections systems that are the most effective and affordable. Possible instead of judging prisons and law enforcement by how many people we arrest every year and how many people are part of the criminal-justice system. We judge it by who needs to be there and what prisons are for and how we finance them and what we are getting form the money that we spend. If there's a good thing thats come from the Great Recession and the slow economic and job-growth since. Its that its forced governments to reexamine how they spend tax payer funds and forcing them to look for savings. Wherever possible instead of judging law-enforcement and criminal-justice based on how much we spend on it.
The best way to save money on our criminal-justice system is to look at how we treat nonviolent-offenders who do not represent a major threat to the economy. And how we treat inmates that we need to have in prison, who are violent-offenders and how we treat our mentally-ill inmates and get them in. The institutions where they need to be and not in prison. So for example we shouldn't be sending nonviolent-offenders who do not represent a major threat to the economy to prison in the first place. Especially drug-offenders users primarily and get these people in private drug-rehab clinics and halfway-houses instead at their. Expense and our nonviolent-offenders who aren't drug-offenders and again aren't major threats to the economy. Shoplifters to use as an example, have them to their time in county-jail and get them in halfway-houses at their expense. Where they can be covering their living-expenses.
The reason why we have so many people in prison, is because of the War on Drugs and how we treat nonviolent-offenders. Who aren't drug-offenders, as well as all of the inmates who endup back in prison after being released. These are the inmates that we should be targeting and make sure they are where they need to be and are prepared for life on the outside before they are released.