We hear relentless reports that imprisonment costs too much. What we seldom if ever hear is an account of what crime costs. I guess the idea is that, if the defense bar and its allies can focus public attention on the dollars needed to keep the bad guys locked up, the public will forget about what the bad guys do when they're not locked up.
What they do, of course, is continue on their merry criminal way, resulting in costs that dwarf the costs of incarceration -- and this is not to mention the human suffering and the loss of a sense of security that befall their thousands of victims.
But the costs of crime don't disappear simply because the defense bar would like to keep quiet about them. In this Slate piece, we get more detail on the story.
Hat tip to "notablogger."