Prisoners should have to work off their incarceration expenses: room and board, meals, clothing/laundry, electricity, heating/cooling, water for showers, waste disposal costs, health care, etc. No more free rides for having broken the law. In addition, hourly work load is based on a system that considers several factors: criminal record (each subsequent incarceration results in more work hours,) degree of crime committed (the harder the criminal, the more work hours,) behavior during incarceration (incentive to not cause trouble, and to help others). The result: Inmates have less time to cause trouble, and waste electricity on television and internet. More time: dedicated to overall health and physical fitness thus reducing or eliminating health care costs.
Idea No. 16529