Courthouse and jail expansion turned down
...by the voters
There are 2 reasons it did not pass.
- Financial: It's expensive, the economy is down.
- Fear: Plans for the new jail make it too large.
#1 is a given and understandable...
#2, that's what I wanna talk about...
There are some hints about why it's too big in This Story
Essentially, the concern is that (to quote a movie about Iowa) "If you build it, they will come." If the county builds a larger jail facility, it will be filled...
The concern is that it will be filled with minorities and college students (or at least, college-aged criminals).
Fact is, most criminals are "college-aged" 18-25 years old... And Johnson county has some of the most liberal judges in the land... they let hardened criminals out with wrist slaps, probation, time served, and other short sentences.
To a great degree, incarceration is not a real deterrent. If anything, it might be a "finishing school" for criminals... Incarcerating criminals is expensive... and there is little or no ROI. Recidivism is high.
Anybody got any ideas as to what else might work?
Just some discussion points... and I'm wondering... does anyone have a real working solution?