“The system designed to deter (inmates) from continued criminal behavior clearly is falling short,” according to the study by Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project, an arm of the non-profit’s public policy analysis group. “That is an unhappy reality, not just for offenders but for the safety of American communities.”
And it should be an unhappy reality for the multi-billion, largely-privatized prison system. But whaddayawannabet that their political clout keeps them running things, even in the face of much higher costs than the former state-run operations — thanks to the GWB gang.
Privatization is just another way of taking tax money and giving it to the rich, and it always costs more in the long run. Can you say, “Halliburton?” “Blackwater?” How about “Wackenhut?”
We all know about phishing, but that’s just one of a whole batch of tricks identified by the IRS in its annual “dirty dozen” list of the most common tax scams.
There are five newcomers to this year’s list — many of them the result of incorrect or misleading advice from tax preparers or bogus scheme promoters, and some of them just false information entered on tax returns.
Since it’s tax season, this week we take you through the full dirty dozen countdown.