[LMB] Crime and Punishment

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Mon Apr 18 21:48:02 BST 2016

There are multiple issues here, not least the point that different
societies face radically different pressures because of environment,
ethnicity, and various cultural factors.  It will be very interesting to
see how previously homogeneous societies adapt to increasing
fractionalization; past history suggests that it won't be pleasant.

If making prisons 'humane' makes them increasingly comfortable, eventually
you develop two problems:  they're not especially effective deterrents, and
they might actually be more inviting than lives available outside.
Currently my home tends strongly to the opposite of that spectrum:
 nightmares of vulnerability and raw power that still aren't effective at
deterring certain types of crime and tend to turn even minor offenders into
hardened criminals with serious psychological problems.

Matt G.

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