Crime and punishment in America Rough justice The Economist

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Unformatted text preview: O bje c t 1 Log in Register My account Email address Password Remember me Forgot password? Newsletters RSS Subscribe Classifieds Monday October 18th 2010 Feedbac k Click here to rate this page LOG IN Search Home World All World United States Britain Europe Asia Americas Africa Middle East Business & Finance All Business & Finance Business Education Which MBA? Science & Technology Economics All Economics Markets & Data Culture Site Index Print Edition This is a printer friendly version of the page. Go back to the website version Crime and punishment in America Rough justice America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal Jul 22nd 2010 IN 2000 four Americans were charged with importing lobster tails in plastic bags rather than cardboard boxes, in violation of a Honduran regulation that Honduras no longer enforces. They had fallen foul of the Lacey Act, which bars Americans from breaking foreign rules when hunting or fishing. The original intent was to prevent Americans from, say, poaching elephants in Kenya. But it has been interpreted to mean that they must abide by every footling wildlife regulation on Earth. The lobstermen had no idea they were breaking the law. Yet three of them got eight years apiece. Two are still in jail. America is different from the rest of the world in lots of ways, many of them good. One of the bad ones is its willingness to lock up its citizens (see our briefing ). One American adult in 100 festers behind bars (with the rate rising to one in nine for young black men). Its imprisoned population, at 2.3m, exceeds that of 15 of its states. No other rich country is nearly as punitive as the Land of the Free. The rate of incarceration is a fifth of Americas level in Britain, a ninth in Germany and a twelfth in Japan. Tougher than thou Related items Trading prisoners in the Low Countries: It's a deal Jul 22nd 2010 Rough justice in America: Too many laws, too many prisoners Jul 22nd 2010 Some parts of America have long taken a tough, frontier attitude to justice. That tendency sharpened around four decades ago as rising crime became an emotive political issue and voters took to backing politicians who promised to stamp on it. This created a ratchet effect: lawmakers who wish to sound tough must propose laws tougher than the ones that the last chap who wanted to sound tough proposed. When the crime rate falls, tougher than the ones that the last chap who wanted to sound tough proposed....
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