Because protecting individual rights through trying and incarcerating criminals is the first and highest function of government, prison capacity must receive a high priority in any sensible appropriations process. .
I've been away for a few days, and upon return I rushed over to see what the John Locke Puppets have had to say for themselves while I was gone. I was not disappointed. Because right there at the top of the screen on the Carolina Journal homepage was the statement quoted above, one of the core beliefs of the Prophet of the Free-Market Fundamentalists, John Locke himself.
I would have thought that having sane laws in the first place would be a higher function of government than trying and incarcerating criminals. If America surrendered its idiotic War on Drugs, we'd have enough prison capacity to last all the lifetimes of all the criminals we'd ever need to incarcerate.