Let convicts choose: Prison or the lash?

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July 10, 2011
Boston Globe
by Jeff Jacoby  
Posted in Commentary

"About 15 years ago, I wrote a column -- 'Bring back flogging' -- that called for reviving corporal punishment for convicted criminals. Rather than continuing to lock up millions of offenders, many of them nonviolent, in crowded and brutal prisons, I suggested, it would be more humane to punish at least some of them with a straightforward whipping and let them get on with their lives. Americans have been taught to think of flogging as hopelessly barbaric. But is corporal punishment really less civilized than a criminal-justice system that relies almost exclusively on caging human beings? It was a pretty good column, and I always had a hunch it would make an even better book. Now it has, and I only wish I had written it." (07/10/11)


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