While the article uses our second "best" prison, most of them are rather less fancy. That said, our prisons might apear luxurious, however keep in mind that eventually most prisoners will be released. Thus doing as much as possible to prevent reoffending makes sence, even if some feel we don't punish them hard enough. Society can do little for the current victims of crime, the possible future victims on the other hand...
Checking out seems not to do much.