Posts Tagged ‘prison costs’


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Federal Judge Cuts Killer Deal on Apparel, Jewelry


Monday May 1st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:43am PDT   •   0 Comments

The filing deadline has passed so taxpayers might take inventory of what government is doing with their money. By the April 28 order of U.S. District judge Jon Tigar, taxpayers will be paying for undergarments known as binders or compression tops that flatten the chest of transgender inmates at women’s prisons. Such inmates at…
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Change Taxpayers Can’t Believe In


Monday January 9th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:38am PST   •   2 Comments

  As the Associated Press reports, on Thursday, January 5, Shiloh Heavenly Quine, 57, “became the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery.” The procedure cost some $100,000, so Californians might wonder what Shiloh Heavenly Quine did to receive such an expensive procedure on the taxpayers’ dime. In February of 1980 in Los Angeles,…
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Rising “Corrections” Costs a Bad Deal for Taxpayers


Wednesday March 16th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:35am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, injustices such as wrongful imprisonment, needless trial expenses and prosecutorial errors cost California taxpayers $282 million from 1989 to 2012. These costs are hardly the only problem in the criminal justice system, as Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee observes. Walters has been on the job since the 1970s and…
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Waste and Injustice


Monday March 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:00am PDT   •   1 Comment

Taxpayers are familiar with waste in boondoggles such as California’s $68 billion bullet train project and the new span of the Bay Bridge with its cost overruns of $5 billion. Likewise, State Parks bureaucrats keep a hidden slush fund of $54 million and education bosses get lavish salaries and benefits unconnected to student achievement….
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