2015 October 31 Saturday
Most State Prisoners Are Violent Felons
54% of inmates in state prisons are violent felons. Another argument against the new elite obsession with cutting incarceration rates. Prisons cost about one half of a percent of GDP. Prisons save non-criminals from assault, rape, murder, robbery, burglary, fraud, and other crimes. Prisons seem like a good deal for the money. Surely our far larger spending in defense protects us much less.
Most released prisoners end up back in prison. A more detailed look at recidivism here.
We ought to deport legal and illegal alien criminals. If they return we should lock them up for a few years and then deport them again.
Criminality has a very large innate component. Check out this unified crime theory using an evolutionary taxonomy by Brian Boutwell and other researchers. Also check out my other posts on prisons.
It seems that the feds in charge of deportations are fighting a losing battle with the feds who allow the porous, southern border to exist: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/2-investigates-georgia-becomes-border-state-violen/npBdp/ The guy in this story had been deported three times and returned every time, finally committing a murder. Mexico is a borderline failed state, I don't trust them to incarcerate criminals and we know that they encourage millions of their citizens to illegally enter the US. How about creating an agreement with Mexico to jail Mexican felons in prisons contracted to US security firms? I'm not familiar with deportation procedures, but it doesn't seem like Mexican criminals are being sent from the US to Mexican prisons, at least they aren't staying there for long. If the US gov continues to be unwilling to secure the border, we at least need to find a way to prevent the worst Mexican/Central/South-American criminals from repeatedly entering the US. I cringe at the thought but I think some kind of nation-building by the US towards Mexico and other Latin American states is in order to make them more appealing for their citizens to actually stay in.
People who oppose imprisonment can best achieve their goal by the simple expedient of sealing the border and relying on exile. This also is a step toward sorting proponents of social theories into governments that test them. If universally applied as the foundation of, and priority over, all other "human rights", you get something resembling consent of the governed and something resembling scientific integrity in the social sciences as it inherently provides control groups. This last point, by the way, is why social scientists never but never will promote such sortocracy: They aren't scientists -- they are theocrats.
"The feds in charge of deportations" are on official notice that winning that particular battle means demotion or firing. They're fortunate they're allowed to deport anyone at all, (Well, anyone from points south, they're still allowed to enforce immigration laws against those nasty Asians and Europeans.) and I doubt even that little measure of effectiveness they're permitted will last much longer. Obama is determined to establish as many facts on the ground as he can, to prevent the next administration from reversing what he's done.
Most State Prisoners Have Become Violent Felons IN Prison. Should I call them Universities of Crime?