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Tag: recidivism

May
18th

Punishment was, is and always will be an issue

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece, “Crime and Punishment” is the story of Raskolnikov, a man who contemplates then commits a violent crime. His inner turmoil severes him from society, and his struggle to reconnect is a theme as relevant  today as it was in 18th century Russia.

Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald (Trib 5/10) and Katie Baird, a UWT professor (Trib 5/9) introduce us to their own versions of Raskolnikov: Pitts’ subject is a cynical inmate wondering how society is going to help him, while Baird’s is a reformed felon working and going to

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May
11th

Crime and punishment in the new millenium

It all started with the pink underwear.

As the world leader in incarceration, by percentage and expense, America knew something was up when Joe Arpaio, the self-anointed “Toughest Sheriff in America,” introduced the country to his inmates’ pinkish undergarments. That was years ago. Since then Sheriff Arpaio’s crusade to make his jail a self-described “concentration camp” has had its ups and downs.

Whether the discussion includes Sheriff Joe or not, incarceration itself is a controversial topic. Is it punishment or rehabilitation? Should doing time guarantee an inmates’ right to lift weights, watch TV and read Playboy or instead be a

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