Yes, it costs a lot. Families are devastated.Great factoid on the news tonight: "America has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners." That must cost the US a lot.
And it costs the nation a lot. For example, it kind of makes a mockery of the phrase "land of the free."
Were you aware that they've begun privatizing corrections? People are now making money when somebody is incarcerated. It's not hard to imagine what the effect of a policy like that would be:
"The "kids for cash" scandal unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Two judges, President Judge Mark Ciavarella and Senior Judge Michael Conahan, were accused of accepting money from Robert Mericle, builder of two private, for-profit juvenile facilities, in return for contracting with the facilities and imposing harsh sentences on juveniles brought before their courts to increase the number of inmates in the detention centers. For example, Ciavarella sentenced children to extended stays in juvenile detention for offenses as minimal as mocking a principal on Myspace, trespassing in a vacant building, and shoplifting DVDs from Wal-mart."
What is the cost of that?