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Too Many Prisons

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Parent Issue
Day
18
Month
August
Year
1972
OCR Text

The National Council on crime and delinquency- a blue ribbon panel of Ciminologists and Policemen- has caHed for a "Total Halt" in the construction of prisons and jails. The council- whose members include Crminologist-Psychiatrist Karl Menninger, New York PĆ³lice Commissioner Patrick Murphy and Duke University PresidentTerry Sanfordalso called for the complete abolition of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The council addec that "established minimum wages" should be paid for all work performed by the nation's prisoners. It found that the average inmate is paid between 10 and 65 cents a dav. The council said that the nearly $2 billion which is currently budgeted for jajl construction snouia De used, instead, for ex-con and educational community treatment programs. The crime and delinquency council stated that the nation should stop wasting "massive sums on a system that has not worked in the past and is not likely to work in the futur.fi. A council study found that only 15 percent of the inmates in prison need to be held in maximum security, adding that "we have vastly more institutional space than we need."