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49 Ibid 50 Greenhouse, 6/24/97, A10. 3 Incapacitation The actions taken by the Supreme Court in this case represent a key argument in this chapter. In consideration of sentencing for sexual offenders or other violent criminals, protection of the public should be the primary concern. Rather than address issues of retribution and deterrence, the courts should attempt to ensure that, if an individual poses a risk to society, that person should be incapacitated so that he or she is unable to commit the same or similar crimes in the future.
Here, it suffices to recall that this law imposes a mandatory life sentence without parole for a third felony conviction. The problem with this legislation, however, is that it does not differentiate between violent and nonviolent felonies. Furthermore, a recent RAND study concludes that a policy that guarantees a full term sentence for first time serious and violent offenders can achieve the same reduction in crime at a lower cost to the tax payer. 5 1 This result is consistent with the above economic analysis.
71 An important element of alternative sentencing should include the possibility for offenders to earn money while serving time, so that they can continue to provide for their families. Otherwise, if a working offender has no means of supporting herself and her family, she may be induced to commit other economic crimes. Chapter 2 Private Prisons Of the systems of punishment in current use, prisons are the best known. Prisons appear to be an unfortunate necessity, but are they efficient? Is our corrections system providing optimal service, or could we meet the same goals at a lower cost by contracting out some of the responsibilities to private enterprises.