Brickbats

Brickbat: Pissed Off

|

Hundreds of former and current state inmates in New York have filed suit claiming they received additional punishment, such as forced isolation, after being given drug tests that produced false positives. A spokesman for the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says the agency has stopped using the test and restored privileges to those who lost them as a result the test. But officials are refusing to say when they discovered the problem or how widespread it was. Leaked documents indicate some 2,000 prisoners may have been affected.

NEXT: Today in Supreme Court History: November 28, 1872

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. State abuses weakest in society, that’s not even news at 11.

    Which is why everyone who will read this already knows the solution is to cut off as many of the States tentacles as we can.

    1. It’s rather sexist to suggest that all the state agents are males, but I do agree with the idea of cutting off sensitive body parts of those bastards.

      1. He wrote tentacles not testicules.

        1. You assume it was “he”.

    2. up to i sAw the pAycheck sAying $7438, i hAve fAith …thAt…my cousin wAs like truley bringing home money pArttime At there lAbtop.. there moms best frend hAd beAn doing this for only About 8 months And A short time Ago cleArd the mortgAge on there mini mAnsion And bourt A brAnd new hondA. this is where i went, go to this site home tAb for more detAil…../morning6.com

  2. Mass incarceration is just another failed progressive experiment which must be abolished as soon as possible.

    1. To be replaced by what? Exile? Chopping off hands?

      Assuming you believe that transgressors of even minimalist laws should be punished, what do you propose?

      1. Get rid of victimless crimes?

        Get rid of corrupt cops?

        Get rid of ridiculous sentences for petty crimes?

        1. I’d go further. In most cases, I don’t see the use of very long sentences for even serious crimes.

    2. You mean for another profit seeking experiment, or do you just use the P word cause you don’t know any better?

  3. The real questions for both children and convicted criminals serving sentence is how much of their rights do they have while in this status?

    1. That is an excellent question, too seldom asked. I believe in markets; there must be some market solution,but I haven’t thought of one yet. Needs to be negotiated between victim and crook because no one else has the proper incentives. But what is there to negotiate other than (a) length of incarceration, (b) where to be incarcerated (meaning a hell hole or a nice place), and (c) how much does it cost?

      Or maybe you start with a fixed cost as part of the sentencing: “the State will pay for 7 years incarceration at $40K a year” and take it from there: 14 years in a cheap crappy place, 3.5 years in a really nice place. Any further screwups while in a nice place moves you to a cheaper crappier place. In some ways, that is the current system, but the distinction between nice and crappy places is almost nil. There is no distinction in cost to the public, and so no trade-off in where the criminal is locked up. The criminal’s choice is a lousy place with no privacy and solitary confinement with too much privacy.

      Incarceration serves the public by keeping proven criminals off the streets during, tries to rehabilitate them for eventual release, provides revenge for their victims, and provides a deterrence for their peers who might think of becoming criminals. I think most criminals’ wants probably align pretty well with the public’s wants as far as rehabilitation and deterrence for wannabe criminals, and they probably at least understand the idea of punishment and revenge. The problem is the prison bureaucracy has no interest in anything but expanding their bureaucracy, so they want to keep as much control in their own hands and beyond reach of the public and criminals.

  4. they probably at least understand the idea of punishment and revenge.

    I’m not up for writing a paper about it here, but violent criminals have very different ideas about those things than normal people.

    1. You apparently are also not up to reading very well. Criminals don’t have to be nice guys to understand why their victims want them punished. The few criminals I have met knew quite well they were doing something morally wrong, or at least that society considered it wrong.

      Then there are all the non-violent criminals who you’ve cleverly ignored.

      1. I didn’t say they don’t understand what society thinks. I said they see these things differently.

Please to post comments