Saturday, August 04, 2007

Long Answer Essay Question (25 Points)

As I take my leave for a couple of days to do the National Association of Sentencing Commissions conference, here's a thought question for you to ponder: If the pharmaceutical and bioengineering companies promoting and advancing TECHNOCORRECTIONS were to be successful, were to develop chemical and genetic techniques to reform drug abusers, sexual deviants, and violent offenders that were guaranteed to reduce crime and resulting prison populations 30-40%, would all participants in corrections sentencing policy be in support? Would all the prosecutors and law enforcement, all the corrections folks, public and especially private, all the media, popular and news, all the politicians and "victims' groups" unanimously support their use? And, if you conclude any or all of them would not, what does that say about what we are doing in this country for justice, for victim prevention, for posterity?

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