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In 1992, William Barr, then United States Attorney General, authored a report, The Case for More Incarceration, which argued for an increase in the United States incarceration rate.
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There is ample evidence to convince that the United States Criminal Justice System is screwed, blued and tattooed. The system is rigged in favor of individual and corporate Goodfellas who can avoid incarceration by bargaining for non-prosecution or deferred prosecution. Negotiating for and then paying detached and token fines not associated with the crime or criminal is no punishment at all.
Goodfellas Are …
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“Tis vile to rob a henroost of a hen, but thieving largely makes us gentlemen.”
Therefore we argue for the vigorous and extended “shaming” of elite Goodfellas. Such shaming is at least one viable alternative to jailing them. What do you think?
We like the following because the balance of it gives cause to seriously reflect on how and who we shame. Often shaming goes “over the top” by calling out the Goodfellas who slyly and conveniently attach themselves to innocence. The innocent then become shaming’s collateral damage.
… the arguments for and against shaming are too numerous to list here, but suffice it to say there is something to be said for the deterrent effect of it.
A SYNOPSIS of “Is Shame Necessary” JENNIFER JACQUET © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED follows: