The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

September 3, 2012

Cashing in on prison overcrowding

(Continued)

Prison provides a public service. It is a serious penalty that comes with costs affecting prisoners' lives and the lives of all those around them. Suggestions that the government is, in any fashion, trying to capitalize on the penalties is unseemly and introduces purpose and temptation that has nothing to do with crime, punishment or justice.

Shifting costs from one county to another may help Northumberland County's balance sheet, but it is a financial shell game that we would all be better off not playing.

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