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CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Being tough on crime creates crime

Letter by Tom Martin, Sumner on Dec. 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm | 35 Comments »
December 8, 2010 1:47 pm

Do you suppose there’s a profit incentive to the wholesale mass incarceration that’s plagued our nation? Has the criminal justice system become ‘Big Business’?

First, the media dwells on violence and crime, thus increasing their ratings and therefore increasing their profits.

Then elected officials endear themselves to the fear-struck public with a “tough on crime” stance that might very well guarantee their election.

Then many corporations whose financial well-being is dependent on the prison population have their bottom lines bulging as the prison walls bulge.

Many do not realize that being “tough on crime” has actually created crime. Many do not realize that when more money is funneled into corrections, the less is available for our schools and other social services. It’s time we realized that serious criminal justice reform is in order.

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