Author Topic: Feds to spend up to $95K to teach Haitian prisoners how to make their own uniforms  (Read 340 times)

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Why Haiti? Why not at home, instead?

I have no beef at all with prisoners learning skills, getting an education, whatever. It cuts down on boredom and violence in the prison system and, with a decent placement program, does seem to reduce the recidivism rate. Hell - the most valuable program in the local prison (one for high profile or high risk prisoners) is teaching them how to read and studying philosophy and literature. The threat of losing access to that program makes otherwise uncontrollable inmates behave.

Yet it must be paid for. Jeffrey Archer - one of the more high profile residents at one time - devoted the royalties from his book to help pay for the program. The machine shop does maintenance on police vehicles, and a portion of the savings goes to run it. I know, sounds odd, cons working on cop's rides, but it seems to work.
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Yet it must be paid for.

So, you agree with Nazi Pelosi in that America doesn't having a spending problem, it has a payment problem. :silly:
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So, you agree with Nazi Pelosi in that America doesn't having a spending problem, it has a payment problem. :silly:

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I'd say both, in all seriousness. There is a tendency for those in power to adopt a "throw money at it until it goes away" approach to any problem, combined with an unwillingness to consider how to pay for these stopgap solutions. One thing I have wondered from time to time, but am too snowed under to research, is how many of the successful state governors or fiscally aware in Congress are not lawyers. It's a pet theory of mine - lawyers rarely, if ever risk their own money in their career, so have a more cavalier approach to spending in politics.
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