The Rat said...
"If they get out they have a nice nestegg to start their new lives of liberty."
Why should prison result in a "nice nest egg"? An honest person who has to pay for their own upkeep doesn't get a nice nest egg in old age. Prison should not be a savings plan for criminals. What next? Welfare?
You are right Mr. Rat and you are wrong. I think if you want to keep offenders from reoffending and you want to keep them off the dole you want to give them every opportunity to succeed.
To that end giving them fifty dollars, a hair cut and a bus ticket won't do it.
A nest egg is important not just for the felon but for society as a whole.
Or we could do it the way our friends in the NSDAP usta do; once you in, you in.