Tuesday, February 15, 2011
'Budget crunch forces a new approach to prisons'
The title of this post is the headline to a notable NPR story today about the metamorphosis of debates over incarceration in light of state and federal budget shortfalls. Even so, the Obama Administration has requested a 10% budget hike for federal prisons. By contrast, states like Texas, which can't borrow to pay for its day-to-day bills, don't have the luxury of continuing to increase prison spending when the budget is bleeding red ink.