“ There are good ways to cut down on the cost of our criminal justice system, but I do not think this is one of them.”

That’s not really the real purpose though, is it?

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Well, I guess there’s room for a “cruelty is the point” hermeneutic here, but the second section of this suggests it is actually often launched because of cost issues (occasioned by over-incarceration, but still): https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/economic-issues-in-criminal-justice/americas-dystopian-incarceration-system-of-pay-to-stay-behind-bars/

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