Making Punishment Fit the Crime

Todd R. Clear, dean of Rutgers University–Newark School of Criminal Justice, is one of the country’s leading criminologists. A former president of the American Society of Criminology, he is widely known for his advocacy of evidence-based programs. In his newest book, The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America, Clear notes that the U.S. stands out among Western democracies for the “relentless punitive spirit” of its three-decades long mass incarceration policies. Full Article

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The black ghetto drug dealing criminal archetype is being replaced by the roving sex offender as the “enemy” of society. They are having trouble justifying the disproportional number of blacks in prison. Instead of learning from the failure of mass incarceration, the politicians are breathing new life into the prison industry, by finding a criminal everyone can hate — the sex offender.

I don’t think its a bad thing to reform drug sentencing or that is about replacing prisons with “sex offenders”, of course the main problem is that the supreme court had said registration is not punishment, there were of course three dissenters.