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TODAY'S QUESTION: Would putting nonviolent prisoners on house arrest to save money be a sound idea?

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 1:44 p.m. CDT; updated 8:38 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 23, 2010

Missouri officials are putting together a bill that would allow some state prisoners to be put on house arrest instead of being kept in a county jail as a way to help the state save money.

The bill, proposed by State Rep. Ellen Brandom, R-Sikeston, would allow nonviolent state prisoners to serve time on house arrest with electronic shackles that monitor their activities.

According to the Missourian, holding a prisoner in county jail costs approximately $35 per day, and the reimbursement rate has dropped from $22 to $19.58. Officials say keeping a prisoner on house arrest would only cost $12 a day, which falls within the reimbursement rate.

“For a county such as ours, it may be our salvation," Jamie Burder, Scott County commissioner, said. "Because we are drowning, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. Our costs are rising.”

Would putting non-violent prisoners on house arrest to save money be a sound idea?


 


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Ray Shapiro September 23, 2010 | 3:23 p.m.

If saving money on the cost of keeping people in the county jail is the only objective, then this might be one way to do so.
Although, keeping people in the county jail does serve other purposes as well.
The proposed bill has way too many words for me to make a serious critical analysis.
When bills of these nature are introduced, does the writer also introduce possible new problems and possible unintended consequences?
If not, then perhaps they should.
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bil...

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