Because some crimes like murder, require the perp to be separated from society.
Freedom Ain't Free
EDIT: Also, some states, like AZ, get $100K/year per inmate in Fed money. After costs, * AZ realizes about $73K profit per IM/year. NM and CA will not accept Fed money; I/Ms can get out after 50% of their sentences. CA and NM are broke, too. AZ requires 85%, the Federal maximum.
* it costs AZ $28K/year to keep an inmate in. I only Make $14K per year. Where is all that $ going? Not to Gourmet Food or first class health care, No...CO's make $20/hr with NO college.
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