My point, again, is that money spent on prisons and incarceration is money falling into a bottomless pit. Human capitol is diminished and tax dollars generate no economic benefit.
A prison model based on retribution and vengeance guarantees continuous expansion of the prison population, no job growth, and the sound you hear is your tax dollars being sucked into a black hole.
This model guarantees that every year more money will be needed for incarceration, and less will be available for education or infrastructure.
Thinking outside the box, a model that reclaims and recycles human capitol at least presents the hope of a prison budget that decreases, and inmates who become tax paying and contributing citizens.
Rehabilitation is not only morally RIGHT but is the only way to turn off the vacuum sucking the general fund into a black hole.