Get Out of Jail Free: Taxpayer-Funded Grants Place Criminals on the Street Without Posting Bail

Government should not provide a public good when the private sector offers identical services with a similar—or as is often the case, greater—level of competence. Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants are being used to displace the services of private bond agents. Given the nation’s dire financial straits, an even better idea would be for Congress to eliminate funding for the Byrne JAG program altogether.

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