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Mattwall1 October 30th, 2014 3:17pm

Prison system A spends about $25,800 per prisoner, but has about 10 times as many prisoners as system B, which spends about $43,000 per prisoner and has a much lower recidivism rate. Which prison system do you prefer?

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Yoko318 Utah
10/30/14 8:27 am

The kicker here is the lower recidivism rate. If prisoners keep coming back, they keep wasting our money.

Yoko318 Utah
10/30/14 8:28 am

Heck, if a prisoner is there twice in system A, then we've already spent more on him than I'm system B on the prisoner who never comes back.

Rosebud Ohio
10/30/14 8:29 am

I'd rather spend more and end the crimes. It'll save a lot more people and money in the end.

rons Thanks America
10/30/14 8:42 am

How much does a bullet cost?

Liberty 4,032,064
10/30/14 11:05 am

The data is insufficient.
Is A simply more efficient due to greater quantities to absorb fixed costs?
Are people sent to prison for things in A that they aren't in B.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/30/14 11:15 am

Can't tell from this. Is the lower recidivism rate and higher cost of the gold-plated system because they keep them in there until they are too old to reoffend? The lower cost per prisoner is my preference.

fredd TrumpLand
10/30/14 10:51 am

And lower recidivism likely means more ex-cons who meaningfully contribute to the economy. B is best!

Rotavele Alabama
10/30/14 12:42 pm

A if I'm the budget person.
B if I'm in the prison.

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
10/30/14 9:31 am

We're you able to do that because you're asian? Witchcraft I tell you!

steelcity Pittsburgh
10/30/14 7:37 pm

Prison A has ten times the inmates. It's overall more expensive.

ThePhlegm The Lone Star State
10/30/14 1:41 pm

If the recidivism is the same % for any amount of prisoners, then B.

Jay716 Buffalo NY
10/31/14 12:54 pm

Prison only makes criminals worse. A very large percent will get released and do what they were doing before (drug using/selling, raping, robbing, etc..). Yes there may be a handful of people that might change, but not enough to waste a lot of money.