Think Crime Doesn’t Pay? Think Again

Get $9000 for not committing a crime.

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Comments (8)

(6) Ruth Pappas, February 27, 2016 7:15 PM

9K - A Good Start

Prisoners DON'T learn a trade, or work while incarcerated.
When released, how can they fill out a job application?
The moment an employer sees they have been convicted of a crime, they are eliminated!
Unless you know someone who has been to prison, and how difficult it is, for that person to EVER become part of society, and make an honest living, again - you won't understand the problem.

$9000 is not the answer, by a long shot.
But - it's a start.

Maria, March 6, 2016 7:58 PM

They actually do...IF they want. Some have even become lawyers while in jail.

(5) Dvirah, February 23, 2016 8:36 PM

Look in the Talmud

Isn't this something like the Eved Ivri? Where the thief serves a term as indentured servant and then is released with "gifts" from the employer? If the felon works - and hopefully learns a trade - in jail, shouldn't the stipend help him/her get back on his/her feet until a job is found? I wish everyone could get such a stipend from 18-years-old onward until they are earning enough not to need it.

(4) SusanE, February 23, 2016 5:47 PM

Justice for all.

Non-violent white collar Rich crooks aren't in prison. They are free to steal again. Wealthy Violent men who beat their wives or make money for sports, or rape children aren't in prison either. Justice for all or a kangaroo court only for those who can pay their way to stay out? $180,000 a year for 200 men in DC doesn't seem like much to see if it works. It's not forever and totally cheaper that 24/7 on the State. - - - - - - I'd much rather know that we hit the violent crime, financial crooks and drug business harder, and reduce or limit incarcerations for those who aren't violent. I don't have the answer, but jail time for all nonviolent crimes certainly doesn't work. Our court systems and prisons are spending millions, from my tax dollars on systems that not only don't work but make our Judicial system a joke.

(3) Lisa, February 21, 2016 11:28 PM

This judicial system we have is totally upside down!

And, as we get closer to Purim, when things are mixed up, nothing surprises me anymore!!

(2) David Arlan, February 21, 2016 4:28 PM

It pays

Considering the services that prisoners are mandated to receive and the overall cost of keeping them in jail, It is a good deal for the authorities.

Sidney, February 21, 2016 8:49 PM


That is almost equivalent to saying, "Let's not lock them up at all to save all that money."

(1) Alan S., February 21, 2016 3:55 PM

Another brick in the wall in the destruction of civilization.

The Rabbi said it all and said it well. Sadly, government has gotten to the point that it needs to incentive good behavior. We just can not understand the mindset that would make it seem that this is rational and judicious. But then we look at the current Presidential campaign, where the candidates speak in outright lies and orate with 'spare me the detail' statements, and one depressingly realizes the sad shape of things. Just another insanity in the slippery slope.


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