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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - Grover G. Norquist
Remember the stimulus plan? The big spending package enacted at the height of hope and change, its legacy reads like a litany of broken campaign promises. It was "only" supposed to cost $787 billion. It was intended to create or save 5.5 million jobs.
Leaders of the nation's best-known civil rights organization are teaming up with some of conservatism's top names to call for radical change in the costly way many states deal with convicted felons.
"We can fight crime more effectively and at lower cost than we do now," Mr. Norquist said. "Just as conservatives call for saving money at the Pentagon, we can call for spending competently in the criminal justice and prison system."
"Conservatives are beginning to look at the rising costs of incarceration and the exploding number of federal crimes," Mr. Norquist told The Times.