June 02, 2002
Study Shows Building Prisons Did Not Prevent Repeat Crimes
I don't ever recall seeing that argument presented before. Constructing more prisons reduces crime because it allows us to keep more criminals behind bars. However, The New York Times is spinning a new direction for its old refrain against more jails, and I'm sure that the chorus of the usual suspects (ACLU, PAW, prisoner's rights groups, et al) will seize the results of this study and run with it, even though it demonstrates nothing with any real meaning"Gee, more jails don't create a bigger deterrent." In any case, the whole article is here.