The state is fined $300 for each day that the state's fifteen prisons are over capacity. If the total prison population statewide exceeds capacity there is an additional $300 daily fine. The legislature will examine alternatives such as building more prisons and shifting the burden of misdemeanor prisoners to local governments. Crime prevention has been rejected as House Judiciary Committee chairman Brian Porter says he is not convinced that prevention works to keep people out of prison as well as harsh sentences and prison penalties. At PLN we ask if prisons work so well to deter crime then why are they filled?
Source: Corrections Digest
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