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by Peter Moskos

September 18, 2010

Missouri Tells Judges Cost of Sentences

Fascinating. And I think a great idea. Cost is irrelevant only to those who don't pay.

From the New York Times:
But critics — prosecutors especially — dismiss the idea as unseemly. They say that the cost of punishment is an irrelevant consideration when deciding a criminal’s fate and that there is a risk of overlooking the larger social costs of crime.

“Justice isn’t subject to a mathematical formula,” said Robert P. McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County.
That's laughable coming from a prosecutor who cuts plea bargains all day.

1 comment:

tim said...

This is so awesome. Now if we can only make the public more aware of how many of their tax dollars are going toward incarceration costs.