The Effects Of Judicial Corporal Punishment On The United States

2047 Words Oct 7th, 2016 9 Pages
In response to the mass incarceration issue in America’s prison systems, Arafa and Burns the authors of Judicial Corporal Punishment in the United States? Lessons from Islamic Criminal Law for Curing the Ills of Mass Incarceration, argued in favour of reinstating Judicial Corporal Punishment in the prison systems of America; similar to the ones that Islamic criminal law advocates for. Throughout the article, the authors’ work to prove how Judicial Corporal Punishment is more compassionate to both the offenders and their families; it also works to analyze how practical this method is in association with the costs required for each offender, and lastly, it ultimately, stresses how efficient it is in meeting the correctional aspirations of rehabilitation and deterrence much better than incarceration ever could.
Before the authors’ established their arguments, they briefly highlighted some of the benefits to incarceration in terms of incapacitation and in view of how Judicial Corporal Punishment (JCP) can be seen as inhumane in certain occurrences, despite how throughout the article, incarceration is viewed as heavily flawed. One of the main benefits highlighted in this section is incapacitation. The authors’ recognize how prisons strive to keep extremely dangerous offenders from causing harm in society, while JCP prescribes, releasing the offender after they have been physically punished. The authors ' also reveal how examples such as amputation and harming people with…

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