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How many states are being forced by economic realities to consider releasing prisoners

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Canada Goose Outlet Kaine’s budget proposal, if approved by the General canada goose coats uk Assembly, would save an estimated $5 million by 2010 and would leave it up to the director canada goose jacket outlet uk of the Virginia Department of Corrections to select the nonviolent inmates for early release. Canada Goose Outlet

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Canada Goose sale Likewise, J. Tucker Martin, spokesman for Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, said McDonnell “does not believe this is an appropriate way to balance Virginia’s budget.” “This is contrary to the current policy of the commonwealth related to abolition of parole,” Martin said. Inmates should serve their full sentences and when released be provided with the resources needed to successfully re enter society, he said. attorney and longtime Republican activist, said, “Governor Kaine is very thoughtful, and I’m sure he’s not going to do anything that’s going to adversely impact public safety.” Canada Goose sale

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Canada Goose Parka Arguably the message it sends is one of irony. The reason assumedly that their prisons are overloaded canada goose outlet michigan is because they are catching a great deal of criminals. So what is the solution? If you continue to catch criminals at their current rate with their current amount of prison space, the continued consequence to that action is one that will continue to force Virginia to let prisoners out of jail before their time is truly served. The logic could be slightly flawed but once again ironically letting prisoners out early will be a “lasting” solution to their budget problem. No matter what theory of punishment you subscribe too (retributivism, utilitarianism, paternalism etc.) you would not appreciate the result. Dec 22, 2008 8:49:51 AM Canada Goose Parka

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