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December 16, 2010

"Hyper-Incarceration and Strategies of Disruption: Is There a Way Out?"

The title of this post is the headline of this new article by Louis Michael Seidman now available via SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This paper explores exit strategies from our policy of hyper-incarceration.  On the theory that the underlying causes of the policy are firmly entrenched, it focuses instead on disrupting the political micro-processes that make the policy seem acceptable.  Part One describes these micro-processes.  Parts Two through Four outline three forms of politics that might disrupt them: a politics of amelioration, a politics of transformation, and a politics of accommodation.  Part V assesses the available choices for what is to be done.

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"Hyper-Incarceration and Strategies of Disruption: Is There a Way Out?"

You bet.

Here's the prescription. All of this stuff is easy to do and won't cost much if anything. We will simply insist that males 18-35:

1. Don't steal stuff.
2. Curb your temper.
3. Refrain from violence.
4. Forget the drugs.
5. Be honest with others.
6. Get a job and keep at it even if it's annoying.
7. If you can't get a job, go back to school.

If the target audience will do these things, I guarantee the incarceration rate will drop like a stone.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 16, 2010 2:12:32 PM

How about the politics of high crime rates and deterioration of our cities into Fallujah like conditions, interrupted by the sentencing guidelines?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Dec 16, 2010 4:47:42 PM

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