Some folks sat down and looked a Rod Blagojevich and the eventual cost to the nation. As he runs off to prison....we (regular tax payers), will pay $25,378 a year to safely tend to his sentence in prison.
We end up with a bill for at least a quarter of a million....to feed, house, and guard Blago.
At some point in six years....we also end up paying him $15k a year as his pension for being a congressman.
The sad thing is that it's a waste of time and money. It would have been simpler to just send Blago off to house-arrest and mandate he stay in his house twenty hours a day....no public contact, no speeches, no travel. Instead, we simply increase the prison population by another body, and feed the guy three square meals a day.
It would have been just as fair to just force Blago to quarantine himself for a decade and not speak to reporters. But we can't cross the line to realize the type of characters that ought to be in prison.