In Defense of Flogging
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In Defense of Flogging

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Prisons impose tremendous costs, yet they're easily ignored. Criminals-- even low-level nonviolent offenders-- enter our dysfunctional criminal justice system and disappear into a morass that's safely hidden from public view. Our "tough on crime" political rhetoric offers us no way out, and prison reformers are too quickly dismissed as soft on criminals. Meanwhile, the tax...more
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Published May 31st 2011 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Davis, California: UC-Davis police officer Lt. John Pike looked up from pepper-spraying student protesters and smiled dreamily. "Oh, please," he said, "may I?"

At least, that's all I was going to say. I stumbled across this book on the Mother Jones' list "Our Favorite Books of the Year" and thought it was worth mocking. Oh derp, this guy wants to flog people, derp derp. But I woke up yesterday, New Year's Day, and horror of horrors, my internet was down. So instead of adding In Defense of Floggin...more
Moskos has written a devastating critique of the badly broken U.S. system of criminal "corrections." He notes that all efforts at rehabilitation have failed, and that the resulting overuse of incarceration as punishment makes no sense and costs us billions.

You could probably read one hundred books about the messed-up U.S. prison-industrial complex, but this is the ONLY book you will find that provides the clever, compelling solution of substituting OPTIONAL corporal punishment for incarceration...more
Gah...this book was so painful to read. It was basically like being forced to listen to a self-righteous, arrogant guy shoot off his mouth and not being able to leave. I couldn't leave because I really did want to see what he had to say about this topic, since I find it a very important and urgent issue, which few in America want to face. He did have some good arguments, and I actually agree with his main premise, which is that the prison system is completely broken, corrupt, and ineffective, an...more
I loved the content. It was thought provoking and educational. The writer presented so much history and information here. It really impacted my view of our US prison system.
I found myself wishing the author had worked with a different editor though. This book is structured more like of a very long sectioned essay than a book. It lacked some of the logical break points that would have made its contents easier to consume and understand. The author presents a good amount of data in context of histo...more
daniel chiaretti
Há muito tempo o Ocidente baniu castigos corporais como retribuição para a prática de crime. Contudo, entre passar 5 anos na cadeia ou levar 10 chibatadas, a maioria das pessoas prefere a segunda opção. A partir dessa premissa, o autor defende a aplicação de castigos corporais como alternativa à prisão, argumentando que, na verdade, nosso modelo prisional é mais desumano e menos eficiente que muitos castigos corporais. Se não serve para justificar a aplicação de castigo corporal, ao menos dá bon...more
A discussion about the need for the reformation of legal punishment, since jail sentencing is expensive, ineffective, and cruel. Flogging is cruel, too, the author argues, but, unlike prison sentences, it's over quickly, is cheap, and doesn't render the punished unhireable, as prison sentences do. Is it the fix to a broken penal system? Probably not, but as Moskos convincingly argues, it's better than what we currently have in place. (And flogging in lieu of prison time, Moskos argues, should be...more
I Liked it. A lot of history in a small volume. It will never be
adopted that flogging someone and let them go on thier way. I would
consider a life of crime if all you had to worry about was 5 minutes
of pain, well more than five minutes a few weeks and you would be back
to old thieving self. The book like the concept of quick justice is
only 170 pages and large type so it like flogging was over in a flash.
On the last page:
"If you feel half-convinced and slightly queasy, well, good. That was my goal."
A very provoking read. This would be a *great* text for any number of courses — rhetoric, comp, social justice ... most of my comments about it are turning into serials; I think I'll blog this one.
This book really opened my eyes to our (U.S.) modern day prison system. While I don't agree with the author on all counts, I do believe our current system is irreparably broken and new measures need to be taken. What he posits may not be the best answer, but at least it is AN answer.
Adam Drew
Finished this a few days ago, but forgot to update it. An intriguing argument, and a very strong critical analysis of modern sentencing policy in much of the democratic world. Of particular interest to those who are involved in the criminal justice system or policymaking.
This books should be taken as a long essay giving a very basic argument for corporal punishment as an alternative to incarceration. It's interesting, accessible and personal. It's also brief, and by no means comprehensive, which is what Moskos is going for.
I liked the concept but its tone is too similar to the one your over zealous uncle uses at Xmas when explaining his theories on what REALLY happened to Hiler's brain.
I love it when people have good ideas more than when they write well. Congratulations.
Anecdotes more than analysis, interesting but not compelling.
Johnny Appleseed
Nothing if not extremely thought provoking.
Matt Kelly
Nothing if not extremely thought provoking.
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