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06-16-2011, 11:55 PM
In lieu of prison, bring back the lash

By Peter Moskos, Published: June 15

Suggest adding the whipping post to America’s system of criminal justice and most people recoil in horror. But offer a choice between five years in prison or 10 lashes and almost everybody picks the lash. What does that say about prison?

America has a prison problem. Never in the history of the world has a country locked up so many of its people. We have more prisons than China, and it has a billion more people than we do. Forty years ago America had 338,000 people behind bars. Today 2.3 million are incarcerated (https://www.aca.org/government/population.asp). We have more prisoners than soldiers. Something has gone terribly wrong.

The problem — mostly due to longer and mandatory sentences combined with an idiotic war on drugs — is so abysmal that the Supreme Court recently ordered (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-upholds-order-that-may-release-thousands-of-california-inmates/2011/05/23/AFY2ou9G_story.html) 33,000 prisoners in California to be housed elsewhere or released. If California could simply return to its 1970 level of incarceration, the savings from its $9 billion prison budget (http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/uploadedFiles/CA%20Sentencing%20and%20Corrections.pdf) would cut the state’s budget deficit in half. But doing so would require the release of 125,000 inmates, and not even the most progressive reformer has a plan to reduce the prison population by 85 percent.

I do: Bring back the lash. Give convicts the choice of flogging in lieu of incarceration.

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Read the whole thing, and keep in mind this is the liberal rag - The Washington Post.

06-17-2011, 12:02 AM

06-17-2011, 12:45 AM
Muslims everywhere would agree.