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Because protecting individual rights through trying and incarcerating criminals is the first and highest function of government, prison capacity must receive a high priority in any sensible appropriations process. .

I've been away for a few days, and upon return I rushed over to see what the John Locke Puppets have had to say for themselves while I was gone. I was not disappointed. Because right there at the top of the screen on the Carolina Journal homepage was the statement quoted above, one of the core beliefs of the Prophet of the Free-Market Fundamentalists, John Locke himself.

I would have thought that having sane laws in the first place would be a higher function of government than trying and incarcerating criminals. If America surrendered its idiotic War on Drugs, we'd have enough prison capacity to last all the lifetimes of all the criminals we'd ever need to incarcerate.

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Locke them up for Sweet Jesus?

If America surrendered in its idiotic War on Drugs, we'd have enough prison capacity to last all the lifetimes of all the true criminals we'd ever need to incarcerate*A

You got that right! But what will the fascists warehousing prison industry buddies of the John Locke Foundation do for a living? I know! They will get part time bit parts in the TV series Lawless and Disorder as defendents.

" The degree of civilization can be judged by observing it's prisoners." * Dostoyevsky after doing time in the Imperial Russia detention system

4 reasons why Locke should spent a day in the showers?

To my mind, a criminal-justice system should use incarceration to accomplish these four goals, more or less in order:* John Locke evil twin John

• Justice. Citizens want to know that those who commit crimes will be punished. Call it retribution or revenge if you wish, but it’s really just a basic human desire to see the scales balanced.

• Incapacitation. When criminals are behind bars, they can’t hurt innocent citizens.

• Deterrence. The prospect of prison should discourage some predators from committing crimes. However, they must perceive a high-enough probability of being apprehended, tried, convicted, and sentenced.

• Rehabilitation. Prisons should attempt to correct anti-social and self-destructive behavior, hence the euphemism “corrections.” However, realism is required. Many rehabilitation programs fail. Keep trying them, but in the meantime, maximize the justice, incapacitation, and deterrence effects.

To accomplish these goals, there must be sufficient prison capacity to ensure that a threat of punishment can become the reality of punishment. Add that to the spending list, and you have the makings of a big budget debate come January.

Can you imagine?

Can you imagine having a mentality that sees "trying and incarcerating criminals" as the highest function of government? It's depressing just trying to emulate that kind of attitude.

Your highest hope for government, the primary reason a tear comes to your eye when the national anthem is played, your first thought as you left the boat to storm Omaha beach is loyalty to an authority that "tries and incarcerates criminals."

What a narrow, ugly and pessimistic world that would be. It would be like believing that the highest function of God is to send sinners to hell. Sweet Lord, if that were the nature of faith, then who would write the hymns?

I'm 56 years old. I moved to North Carolina five years ago. The previous twenty-five years I spent as a resident of Chicago's north shore and before that Wisconsin, Utah and California. I live in Moore County. My Congressman is Howard Coble, my State Sen

Saving Private Locke Hood from himself?

Can you imagine having a mentality that sees "trying and incarcerating criminals" as the highest function of government? *GP

Put so well put GP. The mind set of Mr Hood is one reason why the founders put in the 4th amendment in order to stop fools like him in supporting Tyrants.