Tuesday, November 26, 2013

a modest proposal for prison reform:

here, sasha volokh writes about private prisons. http://www.volokh.com/2013/11/26/philosophical-objections-prison-privatization/

anyway, here's my idea: a voucher system for private prisons.
schools are basically prisons, and many, most, libertarians support school vouchers, the way liberals support voucher programs like food stamps and the g i bill.
so let businesses compete for the prisoner market, and let prisoners choose. this could result in cost savings,
improved rehabilitation, lessening of prisoner abuses, and other positive benefits. there may be prior art.
there may be downsides and unintended consequences. i'm just putting the idea out there.

it's drunk out tonight. i had a bad day at court this morning so i'm unwinding with a cheap bottle of muscato.
i don't know what that is, but it's a sweetish white wine, Australian, with a cork, from walmart.
edit: muscoto, of course, is a wine made from the muscat grape, the oldest domesticated grape. see muscateer, muscovy duck.
 edit: it turns out sasha had a 2011 law review article on this topic. i have no conscious memory of having read about it at the time, but i might have.

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