Re: A cheaper option in the long run?
>But it keeps them off the streets
Where they are replaced by lieutenants.
Prison doesn't work. It doesn't deter. It doesn't reform. It doesn't protect society.
It's sad that most commentards are focussing on ways to make life harder for people who already find life hard enough.
Prison is supposed to prepare criminals for return to society - a society in which phones play a major role. But prisoners' only access to a phone is an expensive, un-private, inconvenient dumb payphone.
For every gangster who (supposedly) runs his empire with a contraband smartphone, there are a thousand who just want to talk to their kids.