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Define a "unit of suffering" called the Agon. Sentence convicted miscreants to undergo a specific amount of suffering - but the state doesn't much care how that sentence is carried out, the perp can choose; the state also doesn't much care how long it takes the perp to pay the bill. Pick a more intense
means of punishment (or for that matter choose medical research that involves some pain), get out of prison sooner. Have a normal prison life, stay there longer. Have a good time, stay there even *longer*.
(One might define a unit of pleasure - the "hedon" - and keep a balance sheet.)
Some crimes might call for more Agons than a person could stand in the timeframe of a normal life. These would be lifers - or if they wanted to pay it off all at once, Kevorkian machines would be provided...
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||This is all well and good if you are one of those people who thinks that the idea of rehabilitation is pointless, and the entire purpose of incarceration is punishment.
||If, however, you're one of those bleeding heart types who thinks that teaching a useful skill might benefit some people who have transgressed due to a lack of options, then this doesn't seem like all that great of an idea.
||It would, however, work well for teenagers, who, in general, from what Ive seen, anyway, need more hitting.
||Pleasurecruise: 500K Hedons or money back!