One of the funny things about trying to cut government spending is getting people to agree on what should be cut. I stick to my opinion that if you were to present the varied government programs to people one a a time, a majority of people would say each and every program is important.
This is human nature...everyone wants something, they just don't want to make the sacrifice for it.
Even I am not immune to this, and as proof I give my reaction to this story:
Would Early Prison Release Save Washington Cash?
No, no, no, no, no.
Prison sentences have already been a joke for years based on overcrowding...the have already been kicking out anyone they can possibly justify kicking out.
If you want to legalize all manner of drugs, and prostitution, I really don't care...in fact, I'm pretty much for it...but if something is going to illegal, make it hurt! Don't bog down the court system with criminal cases just to slap a guy on the wrist and let him go in 2 months...such an inefficient waste.
Likewise, I flat out DESPISE the concept of life in prison. Of course, this is another place where my way of doing things(anything over 20-years equals life, and life equals death) is not likely to get me elected.
Finally, there is one stat in the article which really had me scratching my head.
A study conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy found the bill would result in 3,700 fewer crimes over the next 20 years, saving taxpayers $35 million, assuming rehabilitation works.
Well, my dad taught me all about assuming before I was 12-years old, so...