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PRISONS: ‘3 Strikes’ law needs reform

Letter by Tom Martin, Sumner on Feb. 11, 2011 at 11:50 am | 11 Comments »
February 11, 2011 11:50 am

Good public policy defines a problem and proposes a solution that should solve it, periodically evaluating it and changing it, if needed.

Our “3-Strikes” law has long since reached that point for change. Life sentences are not the solution to our problems. They not only cost the taxpayer over $1 million each but they are a waste of human potential.

Since the majority of those confined under this law are not the most violent criminals for which it was intended, the monies used to incarcerate them should be redirected elsewhere. We need to spend it where it will get the best results.

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