While U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced his agency’s intentions to scrap policies resulting in unnecessarily extensive federal prison terms, at the state level, it seems there is ample incentive to keep criminal sentences as long as possible.
Our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers know that it comes down to – what else – money. Specifically, Florida, like a number of other states, has outsourced parts of its state prison system.
As the Huffington Post recently reported, these private contracts require that there be certain “lockup quotas” that must be met in order for these facilities to turn a profit. If a certain number of beds are not filled, the state (i.e., taxpayers) have to pay the prison company. That means taxpayers, in effect, must pay a premium for lower crime rates.