Friday, March 26, 2010

Building New Prisons

It is heartening to see, as reported in the Sacramento Bee, that one candidate for governor of California, Meg Whitman, understands the basics of supply and demand—when the prisons are over-flowing, build new ones rather than release prisoners early—acknowledging that law enforcement and the courts are fulfilling their public mission by apprehending and sentencing criminals appropriately.

An excerpt.

“Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman called Wednesday for building new prisons to house some of the state's 150,000 inmates as she sparred with her rivals over the best way to fix the state's costly and overcrowded corrections system.

"(Overcrowding) is a sign that we have not invested in the infrastructure in California," Whitman said in remarks to a gathering of public safety officials in Sacramento. "We are going to have to create some capacity to invest to make sure that we have the infrastructure that we need in the next 50 years."

“Whitman, who opposes raising taxes and wants to reduce the state work force, declined to identify a specific funding source for the costly new facilities, saying instead that cash could be freed up by cutting other areas of government.”