Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wait Listed by Jail-3
"Faced with a surging prison population and a state budget more that $1 billion in the red, Gov. Steve Beshar and Kentucky lawmakers last year took a dramtic step that they hoped would save $30 million over two years: granting early release to more than 1,800 inmates, including some felons convicted of murder, rape and other violent crimes. ... From California to Connecticut, states are under pressure to bring corrections spending in line with the reality of gaping budget shortfalls. At any given time, more than 2.3 million people are locked up in federal, state and local facilities in the [US], and, more than half of those released from prison are back behind bars within three years, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics", John Gramlich at Stateline, 26 January 2009, link: http://www.stateline.org/live/printable/story?contentId=365279.
Laugh all you want. Some state prisons will see waiting lists. See my 7 February 2009 post, link: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2009/02/wait-listed-by-jail-2.html.