Should Flogging Be Implemented Into Our Justice System?

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Although some may argue that corporal punishment is too soft or even inhumane, I agree with Moskos when he suggests the use of flogging as an alternative to prison sentencing. When you have reached the incarceration rate America has something has to change. The amount of money made off of and spent on housing unnecessary prisoners is overwhelming. In this paper, I will give three reasons why I agree with Moskos and present statistical, as well as historical references to show just how bad our prison system has become and explain why I think flogging should be implemented into our justice system. The first reason I agree with Moskos is simply the fact that he is right. The U.S. has way too many people incarcerated. It has been forty-five years since the war on drugs kicked off in 1970 and America has amassed more prisoners than any other country in history.(Van Deven 2011) In 1970, the U.S. had 338,000 people incarcerated. Today that number has soared to 2.3 million. That’s a five hundred percent increase in the past forty-five years. (Moskos 16) According to social activist Angela Davis (1998), "Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.” She also says, "Taking into account the structural similarities of business-government linkages in the realms of military production and public punishment, the expanding penal system can now be characterized as a 'prison industrial complex. ' So yeah, instead of throwing a valuable citizen in a cage for two years, give him the option a couple lashes, have a doctor check him over and send him home. If you think physical brutality is n... ... middle of paper ... ...yer in the world, (Goldberg 2009) and with private prisons needing more and more prisoners to survive I don’t see a decline in the number of inmates anywhere on the horizon. Peter Moscow made a controversial proposal in his book, In Lieu of Prison, Bring Back the Lash. I agree with him for the following three reasons: First is that there are too many people incarcerated in the U.S for petty crimes, overcrowding our prisons. Flogging is a great way to reduce the incarceration rate but at the same time punish people for their wrong-doings. Secondly, I believe that flogging could impact the amount of immigrants that try to enter our country reducing the number of immigrant detainees. Thirdly, I agree with Moskos because with flogging employed we would have fewer people going to jail therefore reducing the number of private detention centers needed to house recidivists.

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