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Friday, November 16, 2007

Century of the Common Iowan: Should We Spend $240 Million for Prison Upgrades?

Excerpted from this post at Century of the Common Iowan

From the Des Moines Register... "A committee of the Iowa Legislature
has proposed nearly $240 million in prison construction, including a
new maximum-security facility at Fort Madison and expansions of the
Mitchellville and Newton prisons." ...I understand that the prison in
Ft. Madison is ancient and facilities need to be upgraded. However,
that is not the main reason that is being given. ...Instead of building
more prisons to house more inmates, I wonder how the $240 million
could be used on programs that help prevent people from becoming
inmates in the first place. As a teacher, I see children everyday who
have the deck stacked against them. They face so many hurdles in life
at such a young age that it will be difficult for them to become
successful adults. What can we do help these children overcome some of
these hurdles?

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