3 thoughts on “Wanted: A wiser prison policy

  1. As the sibling of a first-time, non-violent offender serving 3 years in prison for felony theft in a business setting (most convicted of that charge get a much lighter sentence), all I can say is best wishes to Wisdom. That, and sigh.

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  3. Oh, Thank God for Wisdom! Thank you, Bill Lueders, for writing this article. I have heard that there are whole buildings in our prison system filled with inmates who have grown so old or disabled in prison that they can no longer even feed themselves. I think a humanitarian policy is long overdue to release these people back to their families or back to the Counties that they came from, or at least the County that sentenced them. Nursing home care isn’t cheap, but it’s cheaper than a nursing home inside a prison. Unless our goal is to ensure that inmates never eat real food again as punishment for their crime. Once they reach such a disabled condition it seems like we aren’t getting any rehabilitation for our money. They may not even know that they’re being punished anymore. Sending disabled inmates home would help our overcrowding problem a lot. I think a case-by-case determination of suitablity for a release program is necessary, provided it doesn’t result in endless red tape. Also, Minnesota incarcerates 1/3 of the number Wisconsin does, despite their comparable demographics. It may be that the counties who sentence an inmate have to bear the cost of keeping that person in prison. That encourages county courts to investigate alternatives to incarceration. Justice is served and taxpayers are served.