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Letter: Outsource prisoners to save money

The Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead is see

The Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead is see here on Feb, 2, 2006. Photo Credit: Newsday / Daniel Goodrich

The article about the escape from upstate Dannemora prison reminded me of an idea about how to save money by subcontracting the imprisonment of real bad guys to other countries [" 'Sophisticated plan,' " News, June 8]. I'm only thinking of the economics; the morality and legality I leave to the philosophers and politicians.

Let's assume it costs about $30,000 a year to keep a convict at Dannemora. I'm sure we could find some faraway country willing to take each prisoner at $15,000 a year.

Let's face it, you're not going to get too many "Shawshank Redemption"-style escapes from Novosibirsk, Russia, or Norfolk Island, Australia.

Michael J. Moonitz, Massapequa


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