The solution is to build more prisons. The cost of building extra prisons is much less than the cost to society of having criminals roaming the streets preying on the innocent. really? 20 grands a year per prisoners, the prisons themselves and the staff.... Even the current law and order government is not going to do it. In America ,prisons are big business employing most of the town inhabitants where they're built... I agree with letting real criminals going out too early .. Gentlemen, gentlemen. We all know that the real solution is the re-introduction of the death penalty, perhaps in the interest of the more soft-hearted amongst us re-instated with a '3 strikes' clause. But swiftly acted upon nonetheless when (finally) meted out. In particular - I think the 'swiftly' bit of the equation is something that we can indeed learn from our future overlords, the Chinese.