(With apologies to Kristofferson’s unforgettable “The Pilgrim”)
Those of us watching the prison buildups of the last couple of decades, especially those of us living in states where communities were competing for new prisons on the unsubstantiated grounds that they help econ development of small towns, could see the vested interests and political power being placed solidly behind the continued growth and maintenance of those prisons. Crime and victims were a growth industry that many communities welcomed, as long as they weren’t in their community. Now that one state, NY, is looking at closing some of its prisons down, more people are beginning to understand the costs associated with the buildup and now the closedown. Juvienation and Sentencing Law and Policy both have notes on a NY Times article that gets at what everyone should be considering as they continue to build up and watch to see if a builddown is even possible.