The logical fix would require putting more money and effort into securing jobs, transitional housing, and drug treatment for ex-offenders.
In a complete distortion of free-market economics, the phone companies that secure contracts with prisons are often the ones that charge more than their competitors.
Over a third of U.S. states now allow police to jail people for owing all matter of debts, from medical bills to credit card and auto loans.
Mere facts and logic can't compete for influence with the money and clout of the Prison-Industrial complex.
Tricky Dick's master of dirty tricks became a Christian prison reformer but was no saintly do-gooder.
Prisoners, some as young as 13, are being brutalized in facilities owned by private companies that exist solely to turn a profit.
Having the world's highest incarceration rate is costly in more ways than one.
For the moment at least, we're headed toward softening the penalties on marijuana and letting patients use it, while also reducing the obscene punishments for possessing crack cocaine.
To apply, just go directly to jail.
For Washington, WikiLeaks' real crime is public humiliation.