The never-ending debate between rehab and imprisonment is, well, never-ending. One thing we know for sure is that a significant increase in the number of criminals imprisoned has coincided with a significant decrease in the crime rate. Indeed, as C&C has noted, over the last 15 to 20 years -- as what is called "incarceration nation" has taken hold -- the crime rate has fallen by more than 40%. That means many thousands of people have not become crime victims.
Those in the Compassion Industry are duly unimpressed. They insist that imprisonment is a relic of discredited punitive thinking. If we could just get our minds right, we would see this.
I know it's unfair to argue by anecdote, but it can also be somewhat illuminating, and in this instance, it's irresistable. Thus I bring you the latest from Ms. Rehab herself, Lindsay Lohan.