Or people could just stop breaking the law.
Iike that is going to happen.
Listen, I have been on this earth likely near as long as you have, and with the exception of one cousin who apparently loves to drive drunk I don't have a single relative that I know of who has ever been charged with or convicted of a crime. Unless speeding tickets count.
That issue has nothing to do with the fact that I don't want to pay to keep people in prison who don't belong there, or don't deserve to be there as long as they are charged.
And were not talking about everyone, or 1 in 2, hell it may be only 1%. But that's 1% of wasted taxpayer money.
And to be completely honest, what do I care if they accidentally let a bunch of freaks out early. As you said, most of these guys are repeat offenders, but by and large they do their deeds in their own neighborhoods against their own acquaintances. And I don't live in one of those neighborhoods.