State prison snapshot: Older, whiter,...

State prison snapshot: Older, whiter, more violent

There are 3 comments on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer story from Feb 20, 2011, titled State prison snapshot: Older, whiter, more violent. In it, Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that:

The population of Washington state prison inmates has become whiter, older and more violent in the past decade, an Associated Press review of Department of Corrections records has found.

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“you're not the boss of me!”

Since: Jan 08

the road less traveled.....

#1 Feb 21, 2011
"At a legislative hearing on Wednesday, Steve Aos of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy estimated that cutting 60 days off the sentence of low and moderate risk offenders could save the state $4.6 million a year, with just a 15 percent probability that crime would rise as a result...."

yeah, but the problem with this is that if even ONE of those let out early to save money go on and commit some heinous crime, the state will pay out way more than those savings in a single lawsuit..hell, even someone on community supervision that kills someone in a car accident will cost that much.

no answer, but when dealing with bad guys, it doesn't make sense to try to cut corners to save money, imo

Seattle, WA

#2 Apr 1, 2011
Really what's 60 days.

Most criminals never change their spots and the problem has always been never enough places to house them. Fix the problem? Unless society changes and we change our ways there is not fix and it will only get worse.

Many are criminals out of desperation and the government or state don't give a shit.

As our society crumbles so does the nation.

“you're not the boss of me!”

Since: Jan 08

the road less traveled.....

#3 Apr 3, 2011
what a pompous ass I am!!

My comment is funny!!
It's all a guessing game, the criminal justice system.
The legislators set the sentencing guidelines, based on statistics and research and all. Who is dangerous, who will re-offend, whose behavior will escalate...???? etc.

The Judges weigh the crime and the prior record and try to mete justice/ tempered with mercy...and to keep us safe and all that stuff.

Will it matter if someone serves the entire sentence?????? I guess I don't know.

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