80 percent of DC prisoners to be released from prison early?

From the Washington Times:

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wants to help balance the District's recession-squeezed budget by allowing as many as 80 percent of the city's inmates to qualify for early release, borrowing a tactic that has stirred controversy elsewhere in the nation.

The city hopes to save $4.4 million in fiscal 2010 under the plan, which would reduce the prison population by 2 percent from its current daily average of 3,000 inmates. . . .

This seems like one sure way to increase crime in DC.

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Blogger John A said...

Uh, this is an astoundingly confused article.

"80 percent of the city's inmates...
"...would reduce the prison population by 2 percent...
"...about 2,400 inmates would be eligible...
"... it would reduce the average inmate population by about 65 people."

Oy. Take your pick of which to quote.

4/02/2009 2:05 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

80% released early could easily add up to a 2% reduction in prison population. There's no problem with the math there. It just means they are released only a little early, maybe 6 days out of a year sentence. Outrageous!

Incarceration is a social service, you want lower taxes you have to reduce social services.

4/02/2009 2:35 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Are we discussing former, current, or future Mayors of D.C.

I admit to being confused...

4/02/2009 8:26 PM  

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