18. AP8 Prisons: so what is to be done?

It costs … tax­pay­ers $109,782.60 a year – or $301.60 each day — to keep a pris­on­er “on the inside”, accord­ing to the Aus­tralian Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty Com­mis­sion. Alter­na­tive­ly it costs $49,700 – less than half — to provide that pris­on­er with rent, food, a small four-cylin­der car and mon­ey for any degree in Aus­tralia for a year”. [Bris­bane Times 28 Febuary 2016]