Criminals, their Lawyers, Legislators, and Newspaper Editorial Boards have joined their voices to shout in unison: “It costs too much to incarcerate criminals.”
Who says it costs too much?
How do we know that it costs too much?
Has anyone actually asked crime victims, or the average, law-abiding citizen who works hard and pays taxes if they think it costs too much to send convicted criminals to prison?
We know how much it costs to incarcerate law-breakers, but have you ever seen a comparison of the COSTS TO INCARCERATE verses the REAL COSTS OF CRIMES committed by these criminals? No you haven’t. I haven’t either. Why not, you might ask. My guess is that these Legislators and newspaper types REALLY don’t want to know. And here’s why I thank that.
Most calculations of the Costs of Crime consider “Tangible (out-of-pocket) Losses,” such as lost earnings, medical costs. These “tangible losses” do not account for the full impact of the crime, however, because they ignore the “Intangible Losses” such as pain and suffering and loss of quality of life which are also suffered by the victim.
When only considering the tangible, out-of-pocket costs suffered by victim of a rape, as the Legislature does, the average cost would be $5,100– far less than the $17,000 annual cost of a prison cell. It should be noted that the bulk of these expenses are medical and mental health care costs to the victim.
However, when the real costs of that rape suffered by the victim are the intangible costs; the fear, the mental anguish, the loss of quality of life are quantified, the average rape costs $87,000 – – many times the cost of a prison cell.
The real cost of crime dwarfs the cost to incarcerate the criminals who commit the crimes.
BOSTON GLOBE EDITORIAL BOARD (made-up of only few people) BELLOWS FROM THE COMFORT OF THEIR LUXURIOUS OFFICES THAT:
THE DEATH PENALTY FOR BOSTON BOMBER WOULD BE NOTHING MORE THAN “SUBSTITUTING VENGEANCE FOR JUSTICE.”
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU EXPECT??
Look no further than Al Sharpton’s claim that Tywana Brawley was raped by police officers, or the Duke Lacrosse Rape Hoax, or the non- existent innocence of killer Roger Keith Coleman; or even the nonsense notion that incarceration does not reduce crime; All lies.
The point of these lies is always the same: To undermine the moral confidence needed to sustain the law and the institutions that keep us safe.
This is the other side’s goal. As is now unarguably clear, one of their principal weapons is deceit. This is unconscionable, but they seem to get away with it,
When former major league pitcher Curt Shilling’s daughter was accepted to Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, Schilling tweeted out his pride.
Soon thereafter, he said he received a barrage of vile, vulgar and sexually explicit comments online about his underage daughter. The former major league pitcher publicly identified two New Jersey men (“Old Sports Guru” got suspended, and “Hollywood” lost his job with the Yankees) among the alleged perpetrators and pledged to pursue whatever legal recourse possible.
“Vigilante” is what Shilling is called by some for tracking down and identifying these cowards who write such vile things about someone under the cover of anonymity. Good for Shilling. I don’t call him a “vigilante.” I call him first and foremost a DAD. Then I classify him as a HERO!
And then there is TWITTER. They should require people who “tweet’ to identify themselves – like many newspapers and television stations require for “comments” to stories? Those media outlets required the ID of the commenters before they would publish their comments because cowards were doing precisely what these slugs did to Curt Shilling’s daughter. Come on TWITTER, Shape up, show some social responsibility!