With a Criminal Justice degree and an obsession with finding economically and socially beneficial solutions, a recent post by Daniel Bier at The Skeptical Libertarian caught my eye (shout out to Alex Tabbarrok Marginal Revolution). Daniel provides an interesting and open look at spending ratios for prisons vs police in the U.S. and Europe.
This isn’t the blog to suggest the “simple solutions” to the complex challenge of reducing crime (Alex provides some suggestions here), but this is the place to show a similarity and call you to action.
Emphasizing prisons (via spend) over policing is like emphasizing amputation over wound care.
Prison cuts off members of our society and carries a heavy cost to us as a society (and more so to those individuals), just as the loss of a limb would to the individual. What can you do to positively impact the criminal justice system beyond your own life?