On 6/27/2011 8:56 AM, Rex Allen wrote:
And it seems like the question can only be answered by trying out
approaches like those described in the article.
You seem to have already made up your mind though. No testing or
evidence required - Brent has spoken.
Not at all. I'm all for trying such methods. But that doesn't
invalidate my point that there are reasons for punishment, deterrence
and prevention of feuds, that are not dependent on some theory of
personal culpability or deterring re-offense.
And no I'm not for returning to public punishments, and especially not
executions and corporal punishments. By coarsening public empathy they
probably produced more crime than they deterred. In fact I worry that
the harshness of our overcrowded prisons may also have the effect of
producing more recidivism.
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