Sunday, December 5, 2010
Corporal Punishment Alternative to Jail?
The topic of corporal punishment, specifically flogging, as an alternative to jail has been raised in the comments section our Shirtless Muscle Dude Gets Whipped by YouTube viewer Mindspring57. He argues that flogging would be a viable alternative to career-destroying measures such as incarceration. In this scenario, the guilty party for serious yet common offenses such as DUI could be allowed the option of accepting a public flogging in lieu of a jail sentence or a large fine.
As Mindspring57 notes, “for a 20-something business executive who has too much to drink at a party, it makes a lot more sense than sending him to jail. He would get to keep his job, not have to associate with the other people in jail, and have an experience he is not likely to want to repeat.”
I would like readers of this blog to weigh in: would knowing that you will face six months in jail or a public flogging upon conviction for a DUI be a deterrent? If we were to implement this policy, do you think there would be many 20-something professionals who would brave the lash?