Why Second Chances for Prisoners Are So Hard to Come By
To justify the status quo, Americans ignore the possibility that convicted criminals will do something beneficial with their freedom.
"If the average prisoner were incarcerated just one month longer than deserved,"
writes, "that would mean 191,666 years of unwarranted time behind bars at a direct cost of about $6 billion to taxpayers."
The Doe Fund
"I’ve been pondering what it is that informs Americans’ intuitions about whether a person in a given case deserves a second chance. And I now fear that we get something very basic tragically wrong." Incredible article by
This insight from University of Arizona philosopher David Schmidtz could upend how you think about when people deserve to be released from prison
At the scale that the U.S. locks up its own, punishments that are even slightly too onerous impose staggering costs. If the avg prisoner were incarcerated for just one month longer than deserved, that'd mean 191,666 years of unwarranted time behind bars
“If a person is deserving of some sort of treatment, he must, necessarily, be so in virtue of some possessed characteristic or *prior* activity.” True? I say false.
"We sometimes deserve X on the basis of what we do after receiving X.”