Jeff Jacoby's Prison System

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Circuses use whips and cages to train animals like lions and bears, force them to perform for audiences. It appears that a columnist for The Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby, is in favor of using the same combination for criminals. He published an essay named “Bring Back Flogging” on the op-ed page of The Boston Globe on February 20. 1997. The essay holds a serious discussion of prison system of the United States, identified it as a costly, insecure and useless. Then he suggests that we should replace the system with a method that we used centuries ago-flogging, or at least add it to the list of penalties. Jacoby pointed out facts such as in many states, in order to ease the pressure of prison-building, “nearly all convicted felons are released early-or…show more content…
That is not the case for Jacoby here. It is hard to imagine how his idea of replacing the current prison system is going to benefit himself, or anyone he knows. People usually ask for changes when their own profit is in danger, but Jacoby would like to make a sound for someone else. He does not only show his worries about our prison system, but also concerns about those criminals. He wrote “Why is it more brutal to flog a wrongdoer than to throw him in prison-where the risk of being beaten, rape, or murdered is terrifyingly high?” in his essay. Which displays that Jacoby understands both side of the story. Some criminals can also be considered vulnerable group, Jacoby is not just trying to be a criminal hater. Instead he is trying to help them become normal once again, with a harsher punishment, or remove the risk to get harmed in jail, give criminals an environment to reconsider about their life decision without a long period of caging. Jacoby put himself in those criminals place, makes audiences recognize his cogitative persona, also the fact that he is not discussing his own fantasy. Jacoby show sympathy for the criminals, but also a strong will for them to stop the crimes. “If young punks were horsewhipped in public after their first conviction, fewer of them would harden into livelong felons.” Jacoby wish the humiliation would stop punks become livelong criminals, his will clearly is there for the readers to…show more content…
It is great if people get Ronald McDonald to introduce his experience of running a fast food restaurant. Meanwhile, no one would listen to “Jake from the State Farm” while he gives instructions about how to make a burger. Although Jacoby is quite knowledgeable himself, he show the audience that he is well-prepared by using testimonials to make his essay more convincing and more professional. These statements, are used to prove that he is not alone when it comes to question the prison system and suggest to replace it with a better one. For example, when he was addressing the problem that most criminals are released early, he used the word from a Professional about dealing with criminals. “‘About three of every four convicted criminals,’ says John Dilulio, a noted Princeton criminologist, ‘are on the streets without meaningful probation or parole supervision.’” Jacoby uses a criminologist from Princeton’s word to help him explains the stinky situation to his audiences. Maybe only another criminologist from Princeton can argue with him about his statement. Nearly 75% of the prisoners don’t get the jail time listed on the law, them what is the point of having those periods listed there? This person is a professional from a one of the top universities around the world, it unlikely he would lie about the situation. Jacoby quoted this statement to show

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