A long prison sentence might be justified, but it also might be very expensive, and maybe it's not the best way to deal with people with drug problems.He even recommends trying rehabilitation and drug treatment.
People do want to know that violent criminals are locked up for a good length of time. They're not particularly interested in locking up in prison for $20,000 a year or in some places in California, $50,000 a year.... It's not free to put someone in prison.
Texas is the state that's moved out there, done some very serious analysis.Drug rehabilitiation, lower recidivism, lower costs.
In Lowndes County, Georgia, we have two hospitals, a drug treatment center, and many doctors and nurses. What if we invested in them instead of in a money-losing private prison?