Saturday, January 13, 2007

Selective review

The Cons are reviewing Canada's prison system to determine whether some types of spending result in value for money. Which would be well and good if taken in isolation.

But if the Cons really are interested in making sure money put into prisons is spent well, wouldn't it have made far more sense both to avoid cutting off programs before their results were in, and to apply the same value-for-cost principle to the sentencing regime which stands to send prison costs through the roof rather than ignoring the complete lack of benefits?

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