Trigger warning for rape.
The American Action Forum is in support of balanced budgets! That’s cool, I think we can all be in support of balanced budgets (although we might disagree about how and when best this is implemented). However, they are also in support of rape, which is possibly a little bit less cool.
Despite an admirable goal, this “landmark rule” [of measures to prevent prison rape] imposes a costly, complicated regulatory framework on states currently battling recurring budget deficits, offers little assurance of success, and fails to explain this new burden to the states as required by the Unfunded Mandate Reform Act…
Not only is success questionable at best, the DOJ’s own estimates illustrate the fiscal effects of such a heavy-handed approach. The Department predicts that average total costs for each year will equal nearly $470 million. Many of the annual estimates are slightly below that figure. However, DOJ estimated roughly $745 million in costs for the remaining months in 2012. This $300 million spike, compared to other years, demonstrates the steep learning curve for state correctional facilities.
Yes. They have to learn how to prevent rape in correctional facilities! Because they weren’t really doing that before! They wouldn’t have to do that if the prisons were doing their job in the first place and keeping people inside them from being raped. I have very little sympathy for how much the states will spend on learning how to do their fucking jobs.
Also, that half a billion sure sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? It works out as about 200 dollars per person incarcerated in the United States. I dunno, man, personally I’d gladly pay 200 dollars to cut my risk of being raped.
If we spend more than 22 times as much every year on just one type of drone. Just so we’re clear about the American Action Forum’s priorities here. 11.8 billion dollars on drones? “Forward-looking program” that will increase America’s military readiness. Half a million to keep people from being raped? OH GOD WE WILL BE BROKE FOREVER AND EVER WE MUST BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND LET PEOPLE BE RAPED.
At this point I could point out that it’s going to cost less than half a million– after all, you wouldn’t have to deal with the mental health consequences of 200,000 people being raped in the prison system every year, which has got to be some cost savings. But fuck that. I refuse the idea that basic human rights should be justified by their bloody cost-effectiveness. Rape is by definition cruel and unusual punishment; if America does not prevent prison rape, it is violating the Constitution, the most fundamental law of the land. And here I thought the right wing liked the Constitution.
Tell the American Action Forum they’re full of shit.