Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
States all across America are hurting financially so they’re looking for ways to save money. Every spending item could be on the table, including corrections.
“From California to Connecticut, states are under mounting pressure to bring corrections spending in line with the reality of gaping budget shortfalls.
Lawmakers in some states are slashing prisoner rehabilitation programs, releasing inmates early or packing them more tightly into crowded facilities to save money. Others are using technology, such as satellite tracking, to monitor sex offenders, drunken drivers and other criminals instead of keeping them behind bars. To avoid building new prisons, many states ship inmates to private facilities that often are thousands of miles away.”
The big problem with slicing corrections is that you run the very serious risk of increasing crime and victimizing society. In short, it would cost more to cut corrections.
States need to think long and hard before they get too cute with their corrections budgets, especially releasing inmates early.