[LMB] Crime and Punishment
phoenix at mindstalk.net
Sat Dec 14 18:09:19 GMT 2019
As mentioned, some countries scale fines to income or wealth.
Donald Shoup suggests a different approach to parking fines:
exponential, doubling with each offense. This would allow for a few
violations for people who really need to park illegally to get a woman
in labor to the hospital, or whatever, and rich people could afford more
violations, but not even billionaires could get away with regularly
being a scofflaw.
(Full proposal for a regime change was warning on first offense, then a
base fine on second, and doubling with each offense.)
Of course, parking violations are just annoying. Speeding raises the
chance that you will *kill* someone. I love when drivers insist that
"bicyclists have to obey the law" when pretty much all those drivers
regularly break the law when convenient.
-xx- Damien X-)
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