Front page of the newspaper in middle America in 18 75 reads; Jo Smo went on a killing spree last week, murdering 5 people he was caught 3 days ago, and he was hung to death today. With the police work in caching him and the trial and the execution cost the total cost to the system was $10.
Today the paper in middle America would read ; Jo Smo went on a Killing spree 5 years ago murdering 5 people it took the police 3 months to make a proper arrest and with all the appeals and court process, the judicial system was able to give him a life sentence of 10 years. With the five years of his life that he spent in the system being prosecuted as time served. Total cost to the system was $25,000.
I'm thinking of the song "Mr. Linken I wish you were here."