Why should taxpayers foot the bill for inmates?

I find it very disturbing that the State Commission of Correction faults Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard for improperly spending the inmates’ “pot of money.” These men and women are in prison for committing some sort of crime. I think that some of their money should be spent on programs to help them realize that what they did to get themselves put in prison was wrong, i.e., counseling, etc.

I also believe the Sheriff’s Office should not be faulted for using inmate money to relieve the burden on taxpayers for the care, custody and control of inmates. They brought this on themselves. Why should we be responsible for the full cost of their care? Thanks to the Sheriff’s Department and Howard for using inmate money to help pay for costs incurred because of the crimes they commit.

James Miller

South Buffalo