Criminal justice professional proposed flogging instead of incarceration
According to the most recent data from the Pew Research Center, about one in 10 Americans is incarcerated, and this number shows no sign of decreasing. In some states, the number of inmates has gotten so high that criminal justice officials have focused their energy on keeping it down to save the state money.
For example, Peter Moskos, author of In Defense of Flogging, recently wrote a controversial opinion article to the Washington Post regarding his ideas for reducing the growing number of inmates. This criminal justice professional said law breakers should be given the choice of being flogged or going to prison.
This practice is currently used in locations like Malaysia and Singapore, and Moskos believes it would save a countless amount of money by keeping people out of prisons. He also argues that the practice is no less humane than incarceration.
However, Moskos said that this strategy would only be used on common criminals, as opposed to alleged rapists, terrorists and psychopaths. He believes that eventually there may come a better way to control the national inmate population, but until then, flogging is the best solution.