Do you think New Jersey halfway houses are an effective way to reduce prison overcrowding and save money?
Soln. New Jersey halfway houses are cheaper in terms of maintenance, when compared to State jails and hence they are economical but when the question of effectiveness comes, then they are not as efficient as State jails. To place the increasing number of prisoners, government has to plan something, which they have introduced as halfway houses but the security as these halfway houses are questionable. There are evidences shown, when prisoners got escaped from these halfway houses and committed crimes. This is not efficient when safety of people is considered. Hence, considering the fact that halfway houses are not as secure as State jails, even though they are economical and an alternate way of managing overcrowded prisoners, they are not effective in maintaining the security of prisoners and hence it is easy for them to escape.
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