In a bold move to reduce overpopulated prisons and the financial burden they place on taxpayers during a time of economic depression, a new program is being rolled out that allows violent offenders such as murderers and rapists to work 80-hour per week shifts in manufacturing plants, or to donate their bodies to science.
Dubbed the “Redemption Program,” the initiative is being implemented by the government in partnership with the private sector, specifically manufacturing companies such as “Second Chance Inc” and medical research organizations like “New Horizons Biotech”. These companies have been eager to take advantage of the program, as it provides them with a steady stream of cheap labor, while also giving violent offenders an opportunity to make amends for their crimes.
Under the program, convicts who opt to work in manufacturing plants will earn continued shelter and food. However, the more popular option among convicts has been to donate their bodies to science. In exchange for this donation, their families will receive a one-time payment of $10,000. Furthermore, all convicts will also have their leftover organs used to create compost for new “redemption forests,” where essential and fruit-bearing trees will be grown, providing a place of beauty, serenity and opportunity for future generations.
“This program is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Governor Smith, the architect of the program. “It reduces the tax burden on our citizens, provides convicts with a chance to make amends for their crimes, and helps address the shortage of labor in the manufacturing sector. It’s a innovative solution to an age-old problem.”
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2020 the median income for an American household was $68,703. The income tax paid by Americans varies depending on their income level and deductions, but the average tax rate for the middle class falls around 25%. As for the cost of a prison inmate per year, it varies depending on the state and type of facility. On average, it cost around $31,286 per year to house an inmate in a state prison in the U.S. . It cost less in County jails and more in private or federal prison.
A median household has to work for 2 years to keep a violent criminal sheltered and fed for one year.
Reaction to the program has been mixed, with some praising its forward-thinking approach to reducing prison overcrowding and providing economic relief, while others have criticized it as being morally questionable and potentially dangerous.
“I think it’s great that these convicts get to make amends for their crimes,” – Governor Smith