Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wait Listed By Jail-13
"At the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Jaime Iniguez was awakened Friday morning and told to get ready to leave. Iniguez, 53, was serving a four-month sentence for drunk driving, his second DUI offense. He wasn't scheduled to be released for another month. ... Iniguez is a member of a distinct group that benefits during a sour economy: jail inmates. When times are flush, the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department has the money to keep jails open and staffed, and the vast majority of sentenced inmates serve most of their time behind bars. But when times get tough and tax revenues shrink, the department has repeatedly looked to its jail operations to make cuts, freeing thosands of inmates who've served only a fraction of their sentences. ... By 1966, on average, defendants were serving less than 25% of their jail sentences. ... Until this week, all male inmates served at least 80% of their jail time. Most women still serve only 20%", Jack Leonard & Ruben Vives at the LA Times, 5 March 2010, link:
See? Jails are a "Superior Good" Aren't you glad you studied economics? I suspect inmates leaving Wayne County Jail (WCJ) consider themselves unlucky. At least WCJ feeds them.