Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mass incarceration just isn’t worth the money

Mass incarceration just isn’t worth the money, concludes a new White House report focused on the economics of criminal justice. Raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour could prevent approximately 500,000 crimes annually, contends the Council of Economic Advisors, while investing $10 billion on police forces (instead of on locking up inmates) could reduce crime by 16 percent. The Washington Post Related: Conservatives come to the White House, preaching the need for a “cost-benefit” analysis to reduce prison populations. MarketWatch More: Watch video of the event. WhiteHouse.gov

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