Punishment 3 - Should Punishment Be Degrading? U.S. vs....

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Should Punishment Be Degrading? U.S. vs. Europe: vast, widening cultural divide: U.S. punishment harsher: More conduct criminalized (sex, commerce) More classes of people liable (minors as adults) Inflexible, longer sentences (5-10x > France) Harsher gradations of conduct (felony) More conduct carries prison sentence U.S. has highest incarceration rate in the world (~8x > typical European countries) U.S. rates rapidly growing until 2003
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Mercy: Routine mass amnesties Dignity : respectful treatment of convicts, suspects privacy rights (solid doors, right to property, guards knock before entering, dress out of guards’ view) dignified clothing (no uniforms, or uniforms like regular dress) rights vs. insults (“Sie”) worker rights (paid vacation, unemp. insurance, rights vs. discharge) civil rights (voting) rights vs. isolation, to social integration and intimate relations (no/low glass partitions, visiting rights, rights to romance w/ outsiders) rights vs. public exposure (U.S. perp walk vs. German unnamed defendants, post-release
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