Department of Justice

Put Federal Prisoners to Work

The Federal Government would be more efficient and would save the public's tax dollars greatly if the Federal Government would put Federal Prisoners to work. Federal Prisoners often are in plush Federal Prisons where they are not required to perform any type of work. I believe this is a vast waste of free resources available to the Federal Government, as many of these prisoners are extremely intelligent and are highly... more »

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Department of Justice

Violence in Prison

I agree that we should decrease violence in prisons to benefit the guards, society, families affected by incarceration and also the prisoners themselves. I think the way to decrease violence and save money is to house prisoners in much, much, smaller facilities in local communities. I recommend immediate pilot programs. There are economies of scale, but sometimes the right answer is smaller instead of larger. You... more »

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Legislative Branch

WASTED MANPOWER

One of the major cost issues we have U.S. is with the homeless and prison system. The homeless need jobs and a place to live. There are many people in our prison system that fall in almost the same category, need a job, a place to live and in a controlled environment. The job could be a created job to benefit our society, example is a computer surveillance of foreign correspondence, phone, e-mail or postings. A place... more »

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Judicial Branch

Prisoners Grow Their Own Food

Prisoner self-provisioning, whether in govern run or privately operated facilities, require prisoners to grow and produce their own food. It is much cheaper for taxpayers to provide the "starts" for growing their own sustanance. In growing and providing for their own sustanence, we are also educating and training them in job skills. Reduces costs for support of prisons and prisoners. Increases job skills of prisoners... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Flat Tax on Prisoner's Wages

Withhold a flat percentage of income for Federal tax purposes, say 10%, from pay to prisoners, and then exclude that income from reporting on Form 1040 where it could be improperly used to get certain benefits such as the earned income credit. This simplified taxation could also be used in other situations, such as Alaska Permanent Fund dividends that are paid to every person in Alaska, etc.

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