The more I get to know this Mark Holland guy, the more I am exposed to a ludicrous brand of partisan politics. Today's enlightenment comes on the issue of funding prisons, and the beautiful theory that prisons create crime; ergo funding prisons creates more criminals. Ergo we should spend less money incarcerating criminals and instead shift funding to support payments to the victims of crimes. I am not without empathy for the victims of crimes, but how is it wrong to service them by funding the incarceration of the criminal who harmed them? It was an odd quandary watching Holland say that by funding prisons, the federal government was creating crime.
The moral hazard in that strategy of course is that if you decrease incarceration funding, then there will be less vacancy for dangerous offenders meaning more will be released in a shorter period of time. Increasing the number of dangerous offenders on the streets will create more victims, which increases the probability of society incurring a substantial loss. It seems odd that Soloman can turn this into a debate. Mark Holland is a douche and doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
The question of the day on the Soloman Show: "Should the government spend more on incarcerating prisoners than it does on the victims of crimes?"
How did Evan Soloman's 200 or so fans respond?
No 72% (186 votes)
Yes 22% (56 votes)
Considering our prison budget is well over a billion dollars and victim support is a fraction of that, Evan's fans are asking for a rather dramatic shift in incarceration funding.