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Bring Back Flogging

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In the essay Bring Back Flogging Jeff Jacoby talks about flogging, the act of beating someone with a whip or stick as a form of punishment or torture. Flogging can be traced back to Jesus, yet was most commonly seen in the 16th century by Puritans, navels, and slaves. Although most think corporal punishment of criminals vanished with the Puritans, this is false. Delaware did not repeal it until 1972. Jeff Jacoby is a columnist for the Boston Globe, a daily newspaper from Boston, Massachusetts, which was founded in 1872. This article Bring Back Flogging was originally published on February 20, 1997. Based on the information given in the essay I do agree that flogging would be an effective alternative to jail time for non-criminal charges.
In Bring Back Flogging Jacoby claims that we should bring back flogging because the current ways of incarceration are not effective, the price, and the crime rates in prison are increasingly high.
Jacoby has been with the Boston Globe since 1987 as a columnist, and has received the following awards: the Breindel Prize in 1999, and the Thomas Paine Award in 2004. Before he worked for the Boston Globe he briefly practiced law and was a commentator for WBUR-FM. Based on this information, it shows that he not only does his research on the history of flogging and how it could be beneficial, but shows that he has knowledge regarding the topic. He also, throughout the essay, explains how corporal punishment can be effective because the lack of efficiency that incarcerating criminals shows. He addresses the opposition that corporal punishment is a faster and more cost effective process but backs up his argument using information about the amount of crime committed in jails too.
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...ould be an effective alternative to jail time for non-violent offenses. Though Jacoby’s arguments regarding the current ineffectiveness of the system, the price, and the crime rates in prisons, there have been many accomplishments with gaining people’s rights. For example, the eighth amendment about cruel and unusual punishment is in place because of forms of punishment like flogging. However, for a non-violent crime, I do think many would prefer this even punishment over jail time because of the risks within jails. Therefore, Jacoby’s argument is not reasonable, even in todays day in age.

Works Cited

Boston Globe. "Staff List." BostonGlobe.com. Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC, 2014. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.
Jacoby, Jeff. “Bring Back Flogging.” Current Issues and Enduring Questions. Ed. Sylvan Barnet and Hugo Bedau. Boston: Bedford St. Martins. 1010: page numbers.
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