The Bloomingtonian published a press release from New Leaf, New Life on the new jail being planned in Monroe County.
- A bigger jail is not required and will produce barriers to improving the criminal legal system.
- Historically, whenever a criminal legal system has access to a bigger jail, it finds people to fill it.
- Cheaper, immediately available solutions to jail overcrowding remain available by simply not incarcerating people for technical probation violations, low-level and non-violent crimes, and returning to use or substance use violations.
- The $70M price tag for a new jail is both fiscally and socially irresponsible.
I like the comment that bigger jails find people to fill them. An instance of induced demand, clearly.
Read the full press release here: https://bloomingtonian.com/2022/12/14/press-release-new-leaf-new-life-statement-on-a-new-jail/