In Defense of Flogging

In Defense of Flogging

Peter Moskos

Language: English

Pages: 183

ISBN: 0465021484

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Prisons impose tremendous costs, yet they're easily ignored. Criminals-- even low-level nonviolent offenders-- enter our dysfunctional criminal justice system and disappear into a morass that's safely hidden from public view. Our "tough on crime" political rhetoric offers us no way out, and prison reformers are too quickly dismissed as soft on criminals. Meanwhile, the taxpayer picks up the extraordinary and unnecessary bill.

In Defense of Flogging presents a solution both radical and simple: give criminals a choice between incarceration and the lash. Flogging is punishment: quick, cheap, and honest.

Noted criminologist Peter Moskos, in irrefutable style, shows the logic of the new system while highlighting flaws in the status quo. Flogging may be cruel, but In Defense of Flogging shows us that compared to our broken prison system, it is the lesser of two evils.

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Anti-floggers in the late 1700s saw prison as a modern cure for crime. But the pro-flogging Delaware Gazette saw through this nonsense: “The Penitentiary punishment,” wrote the Gazette in 1852, “scarcely ever reforms the criminal, and we believe that it is much less efficient than our old fashioned mode of whipping and pillory.” A stated goal of the pro-prison camp was nothing less than the complete elimination of criminal punishment. In its place would be scientific treatment. One anti-flogging

the Taser as an alternative to lethal force (though many Tasers are used, somewhat worrisomely, in routine and nonthreatening issues of noncompliance), there is no acceptable mortality rate in the administration of nonlethal sentences. Punishment, including corporal punishment, is explicitly not a death sentence. Whereas electric shocks sometimes kill without any visible warning, doctors could stop a flogging if a convict shows sign of strain, such as falling unconscious. If the doctor says the

And I’m not just talking about lobster tanks. There are two live-poultry stores near me, and one even has a little “pasture” out back filled with lambs and sometimes the occasional cow. I call it the “petting zoo” because when I’m there that’s what I like to do. If I want to roast one of the lambs, I can point to one and have it dragged out of the pen to be killed, skinned, cleaned, and cut. Is it pretty? Well, not really. But at least it’s honest. And if you eat meat, this process is inevitable

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