As vehicles for shifting costs from one government agency's budget to another, nothing in recent Minnesota history has proven as efficient as the lowly criminal. Nobody wants to suggest letting the miscreants go, so the cost of their confinement tends to go unexamined. And even though we tend to think of them as rotting in the same cell for all eternity, they are in fact fairly mobile, moving back and forth between county jails, state prisons, and workhouses, each time shackling a different set of taxpayers with the... More >>>