This was the advice some of you gave me when I argued you should "Worry Less About Releasing Terrorists." Now it may come to pass. Virginia may release some of its non-violent (are they really?) inmates early. I guess we need to save money so the public libraries can stay open for my regular use.
The real lesson is that whenever there is an issue of justice or desert or payback involved, the quality of economic analysis offered by most people, whether academics or MR commentators, declines.
In any case, I am not very worried about the inmates either. Call it measurement error and bring 'em on!