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by Peter Moskos

October 10, 2009

Prison for Old People

Should an 87-year-old go to prison?

John Eligon and Benjamin Weiser write about this in the New York Times.

I don't think so. What good does it serve? Punishment, of course. But aren't there better and cheaper ways to punish?

I certainly don't want to pay to keep people who are no threat to me behind bars. Can't we fine them for every cent they're worth and sentence them to home confinement? I don't want to pay one cent of taxpayer money to incarcerate rich people. Why is prison the only answer?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The real punishment of prison is the rape. There is no real substitute for that.