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    tofumagoo, KenBee

    This method of dealing with problem is so much more effective AND more humane and caring, I really don't understand why it isn't used more often.

    Actually I do understand: some people want to feel self-righteous and hand out ridiculous punishments as a testament to their own moral superiority, no matter how much more harm it does in the long run.  I'm not sure how we can reach these people except by pointing out that rehabilitating people can actually be both cheaper and prevent more crime in the long run.

    You also have the problem of private prisons and public officials who are in cahoots with them to keep them full, and they manipulate public fears in order to help keep them full.

    I used to have a friend who would cruise for prostitutes once in a while.  He got busted in a sting, but instead of going to jail and getting a criminal record he was sent to a John School.  He said that it was a lot like those driver's education courses in high school where they show you all the nasty videos of the possible consequences (in this case the nasty STDs that will make your genitals look like cauliflower), but he said what really got to him is when they told him that prostitution funded gangs and organized crime, helping to pay for the guns on the streets and for the drugs to keep these women addicted and controlled.  Instead of being a victimless crime as he thought, he realized that he was helping to fund crime that did create victims.  He stopped cruising after that.

    (That story is also an example of why prostitution should be made legal, but that's a discussion for another time.)

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