Welcome to the Prison Talk Online Community! Take a Minute and Sign Up Today!






Go Back   Prison Talk > U.S. REGIONAL FORUMS > CONNECTICUT > Connecticut Prison & Criminal Justice News & Events
Register Entertainment FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Connecticut Prison & Criminal Justice News & Events Current news items and information on events related to the Connecticut prison and criminal justice systems.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-31-2003, 06:00 AM
heureuse heureuse is offline
Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 200
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 3 Posts
Default Our Response to CT DOC Editorial on Transferring Inmates

This was in the Hartford Courant, 7/31/03

Commissioner Lantz justifies prisoner transfers by suggesting that the Department of Correction should be run more like a business and, as a business, should benefit from the cost savings of outsourcing. She gives a token nod to the safety of the general public. But let's face it, this decision is all about the money.

Lantz (and her boss, Gov. John G. Rowland) are focusing on the hard costs (the ones immediately visible on paper) and not considering the soft costs (these are harder to determine but must be considered in effectively evaluating any business decision).

There are many hidden costs, such as transportation and security during transfers, loss of state jobs and resultant unemployment costs and the very real potential for litigation from inmates or their families. Why are costs so much lower in other states? By selling our prisoners to the lowest bidder, what are we giving away?

Lantz speaks of "outsourcing inmates" as if they are paper clips or the payroll department. The reality is that we are not just talking about 2,000 prisoners. We are talking about 2,000 Connecticut families - wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, husbands, fathers, sons and brothers who will be affected by these transfers. Is there no concern for these innocent residents - families who will be devastated by this so-called cost saving measure?

Connecticut already has a problem with recidivism. Transferred prisoners are more likely to offend again. Prisoners with no family support network are less likely to rehabilitate themselves.

Only 30 percent of Connecticut prisoners are violent offenders, which means that most of them will soon be in our communities. Instead of shuffling them out of state, shouldn't we be keeping them here and giving them the tools they need to make it on the outside?

Joanna Ferris

Waterbury

The writer is director of the Connecticut chapter of Making The Walls Transparent, an advocacy group that focuses on reforms in the correction system.
__________________
Mara loves Paul loves Mara
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 07-31-2003, 07:22 AM
MRSMAZE's Avatar
MRSMAZE MRSMAZE is offline
On my own
 

Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 1,488
Thanks: 0
Thanked 26 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Mara,

This is a wonderfully written and effective article! Great...
__________________
"Want to know the best way to get over an old love?...Get under a new one "
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
General Military Prison Information DeNada Military Prison Talk & UCMJ 13 06-13-2011 10:59 AM
Here is some information on why phone calls are so expensive BrianPA GPT Phones, Mail, and Visitation Discussions 17 01-18-2007 10:05 AM
Gangs,Drugs,Plagued prison ldysirois Oklahoma General Prison Talk, News, Introductions & Chit Chat 1 03-14-2005 06:27 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:37 PM.
Copyright © 2001- 2019 Prison Talk Online
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Website Design & Custom vBulletin Skins by: Relivo Media
Message Board Statistics