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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentOther - Politics & Government · 1 decade ago

How does having so many people in prison affect US productivity?

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Productivity and Costs

http://www.bls.gov/lpc/

Bureau of Justice Statistics Prison Statistics

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/prisons.htm

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    If we could legalize marajuana we could eliminate a tremendous amount of inmates that we are paying to keep up. When the harm from the punnishment is greater than the crime it is time to change the laws.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It both increases and decreases the productivity!Think of it this way,some prisoners do work while in prison!Some of them do construct roads and work in the farms,dont you think that improves the production!

    It also reduces the productivity as people who could have helped in the production process languish in prisons.Also the government will use the money that could have been used to cater for the production process on the prisoners needs.

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  • Ryan F
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Very little since most of those people in prison are likely repeat offenders and where never apart of the actual work force anyway...

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  • 1 decade ago

    they are in prison because they are criminals - they weren't contributing with labor to begin with. It actually more likely helps since many prisoners are put on work release programs - who weren't working prior to prison.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It increases it, by reducing the murder, rape and theft rates.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The guy who may have robbed or shot me is in jail, so I'd say it has done wonders !

    Thanks for playing.

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