NY: Rich Inmates to Foot the Bill
NY Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco introduced a bill, dubbed the ‘Madoff Bill,’ which would charge the cost of keeping prisoners to the prisoners themselves.
For anyone who believes crime doesn’t pay, tell that to the New York state legislator who introduced a “Madoff” bill on Monday. Rich New Yorkers convicted of crimes would be forced — if his bill becomes law — to pay the state and federal governments for how much it costs to keep them in jail.
I am particularly interested in this bill as I recently took a new job with the State Comptroller’s office and I know how important the cost of keeping prisoners in jail is to the state. Thomas DiNapoli, NY’s current Comptroller, estimated the cost to the state of New York is $90 per day per prisoner, bringing the grand total to $1 Billion per year.
That is money coming out of the taxpayers’ pockets. Maybe it will be incentive for people to commit less crime. Not only will you be imprisoned, have a record that will follow you forever, pay fines, but now you will be charged to stay in that 12 by 12 cell, as well. It may not be as comfy as the Hilton, but, hey, it’s home.
I read once that 97% of crimes in Japan are solved, but only 17% of MURDERS in the U.S. are solved. So, if a Japanese man commits a crime, he must be in desperation, because the overwhelming probability is that he will be caught. The opposite is true for murderers in the US, let alone other criminals. I am not sure on those numbers, so don’t quote me on that.