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Fitting the Punishment to the Crime: The Justice of Contemporary Criminal Sentencing Laws

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Professor Joseph Bessette of Claremont McKenna College has this article in The Public Discourse reviewing Rachel Barkow's book, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration. Bessette notes that Barkow's prescriptions are largely anti-democratic, seeking to take sentencing law decisions away from the people and assign them to "experts." However, the current system is not, on the whole, sentencing criminals to more than they deserve.
Barkow's thesis is largely consistent with John Pfaff's. For comments on the latter, see articles linked in this post and this post.

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