Wednesday, December 14, 2022

New Leaf, New Life – Statement on a New Jail

 The Bloomingtonian published a press release from New Leaf, New Life on the new jail being planned in Monroe County.

Their comments:

  • 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:

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