Harsh Criminal Justice Policies Hurt The Economy, White House Says

WASHINGTON( Reuters) – Longer prison setting for non-violent crooks and mobbed prisons are hurting the American economy more than they are helping it, economists in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration said in a report exhausted on Saturday.

The prison population in the United States is 4.5 times larger than it was in 1980, chiefly driving in longer convicts and higher sentence proportions for almost all offenses, according to the Council’s report.

Economists are “of one mind” that jam-pack prisons, excessively long sentences, and insufficient reentry programs “are counter-productive to our economy as a whole in addition to providing hurting the people involved, ” Jason Furman, president of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, told reporters in a call on Friday.

On Monday, administration officials, economists, business leaders, and scholars will discuss the Council’s detects at an phenomenon hosted by the White House, the American Enterprise Institute think tank, and New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice.

The United States can reap greater economic benefit by investing in police, captive education, and job opportunities for ex-prisoners than it can from putting additional funding toward prisons, the Council’s report said.

The Council’s report was based on a review of existing financials research, and does not approximate the indirect costs allow by the U.S. economy as a result of its current criminal justice policies.

Later this year, the Brennan Center will unveil research studies quantifying how much the U.S. criminal justice system overheads Americans in terms of employment, compensations, and gross national product, said the center’s administrator of justice programs, Inimai Chettiar.

Previous administrations have not fetched the same focus to how criminal justice programs alter the U.S. personnel, said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who led the Congressional Budget Office from 2003 -0 5 and is now chairman of the American Action Forum think tank.

Since the recession of the late 2000 s, “every aspect of the labour force has been scrutinized more closely, and this sort of popped out, ” he told Reuters.

( Reporting by Julia Harte; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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