Astoundingly high incarceration rates undermine both federalism and fiscal responsibility

Dan D’Amico, an economist at Loyola University in New Orleans, points out in a new video that the federal government is an aggressive incarcerator—beyond even California and Texas. So not only is incarceration in the United States off the charts—with a prison population greater than all other developed nations combined—it is undermining local governance in the realm of law enforcement.

Even at the state level alone, though, he cites a cost of $40 billion each year, which includes approximately $1.5 billion of corrections spending in North Carolina.

Fergus Hodgson

Director of fiscal policy studies at the John Locke Foundation, policy advisor with The Future of Freedom Foundation, and host of The Sta...

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