#1 In lieu of prison, bring back the lash
06-16-2011, 11:55 PM
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In lieu of prison, bring back the lash
By Peter Moskos, Published: June 15
Suggest adding the whipping post to Americaís 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. We have more prisoners than soldiers. Something has gone terribly wrong.
The problem ó mostly due to longer and mandatory sentences combined with an idiotic war on drugs ó is so abysmal that the Supreme Court recently ordered 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 would cut the stateís 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.
Read the whole thing, and keep in mind this is the liberal rag - The Washington Post.Rest In Peace America
July 4, 1776 - January 20, 2009
06-17-2011, 12:02 AMThe difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
06-17-2011, 12:45 AM
Muslims everywhere would agree."The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
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