I am pretty tough on the left wing in my approach to incarceration reform, because the fight against “mass incarceration” usually takes on a socialistic, victim-oriented approach. I will try to even things up a bit.
In the midst of America's current correctional crisis, a letter written 230 years ago by George Washington has surfaced again. When Washington was building the Continental Army out of untrained soldiers, he found it necessary to increase discipline.
We face a massive prison crisis in the United States, and some thinking outside the box is necessary. Earlier in American history, incarceration was rare or non-existent. Shouldn't we figure out what they were doing right?
Allegations against Jerry Sandusky bring up the ugly topics of child molestation and sexual offenses. The U.S. Supreme Court eliminated the death penalty for certain sex crimes, but American society can increase punishment in other ways.