Tuesday, March 16, 2004

"Compassion" in government, in action

One would think that the State has an economic interest in making sure that, as much as possible, only the guilty get imprisoned, since room and board in prisons costs money, and if you're spending that on locking up an innocent person, well, it's money wasted. Except that someone's hit on the idea that the state should be able to recoup that investment and charge those unlucky duckies for that room and board.

At least it's happening in Britain and not here...but you never know. Good ideas have to wait for their time to come, but bad ones whip around like oversugared five-year-olds at Chuck E. Cheese. I just know that sooner or later, some legislator in this country, full of desire to up his "law and order" and "fiscal responsibility" street cred, is going to propose something like this. You watch, folks.

(via He Who Modulates)

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