Opinion

December 3, 2012 2:32 AM

Commentary: We all pay for prison price gouging

For two decades now, politicians and public scolds have sold America on the idea of a sterner penal system. Zero tolerance, three strikes and you’re out, supermax prisons and legions of young men who have done time — these are the hallmarks of our age.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

Obama lays a wreath at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park 02:18

Obama lays a wreath at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

President Obama thanks military members in Hiroshima, Japan 07:43

President Obama thanks military members in Hiroshima, Japan

"We are not bound to repeat the mistakes of the past," says Obama in Hiroshima 17:13

"We are not bound to repeat the mistakes of the past," says Obama in Hiroshima

Donald Trump faces tough terrain in Washington state 00:46

Donald Trump faces tough terrain in Washington state

In Hiroshima, no expectation of apology from Obama 02:21

In Hiroshima, no expectation of apology from Obama

The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance 01:29

The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

Young Bradenton entrepeneurs discuss government's role in the economy 02:02

Young Bradenton entrepeneurs discuss government's role in the economy

Visitors pay respects at Vietnam Veterans Memorial 01:15

Visitors pay respects at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Americans agree, it's time for Obama to visit Hiroshima 02:27

Americans agree, it's time for Obama to visit Hiroshima

Florida 6th Grader Wins National Geographic Bee 00:39

Florida 6th Grader Wins National Geographic Bee

TSA Administrator says airport security problems will be fixed 04:09

TSA Administrator says airport security problems will be fixed

Share Video

Editor's Choice Videos