Connie Fournier wrote:When it is clear that crime rates are going down, why do we need more people in prison, anyway?
Who will they fill those new cells with if there aren't enough violent criminals? We know they won't be left empty.
I think this is the argument Day is trying to address. People say "why do we need more prisons, when crime rates are on the decline?" He says, in response, that crime rates aren't really on the decline. Only the reporting rates are, for some reason.
Not that I'm saying I agree with him - our prison system is incredibly ineffective, and more prisons would solve nothing, even if Day were right.
I just think that's where he's coming from.