By Robert Blecker
For twelve years Robert Blecker, a felony legislations professor, wandered freely within Lorton crucial criminal, armed in simple terms with cigarettes and a tape recorder. The demise of Punishment exams felony philosophy opposed to the truth and knowledge of highway criminals and their guards. a few killers' poignant conditions may still lead us to mercy; others express sincerely why they need to die. After hundreds of thousands of hours over twenty-five years inside of greatest safety prisons and on dying rows in seven states, the background and philosophy professor exposes the perversity of justice: within legal, satirically, it's nobody's task to punish. hence the worst criminals frequently reside the simplest lives.
The dying of Punishment demanding situations the reader to refine deeply held ideals on existence and demise as punishment that flare up with each information tale of a heinous crime. It argues that society needs to redecorate lifestyles and dying in legal to make the punishment extra approximately healthy the crime. It closes with the ultimate irony: If we make criminal the punishment it may be, we may perhaps abolish the very dying penalty justice now requires.
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Was his motherfucking scabs gonna clear? I didn’t think about none of that shit, fuck that . . he didn’t think about how my [infant] son is doing [when he carjacked me], he ain’t thinking about goddamn me, who was gonna put pads [diapers] on my son now. He didn’t think about was I gonna be able to pay my rent, you know what I’m saying, so I ain’t think about none of his shit. [Crazy Jay] The prominence of physical punishment in the street criminals’ preferred retaliatory repertoire is noteworthy because the universe of possible responses includes numerous other options.
Central to this attitude is an abiding sense of fatalism – the singular belief that whatever is going to happen is going to happen, so why worry about it. Fatalism is based on the notion that worrying absorbs valuable cognitive energy that might be better spent on more immediate concerns, and it does so at the expense of something over which you have little control. The ability of street offenders to discount worry about the future is especially important given that the most prominent dilemma of counter-retaliation is its uncertainty (for a discussion of ontological security and vulnerability in a street culture setting, see Topalli, Wright, and Fornango 2002).
The only fucking thing I had done [prior to being stopped] was being in a car with fucking people in it. [That’s it] . . that’s what they do. ’’ Or as Neck recalled: We was standing on the corner, police pulled up . . told us all to get against the wall . . We asked them, you know, what did we do, what we gotta get against the wall for? ‘That ain’t none of your motherfucking business! . ’ [T]hey searched us and shit, grabbed us, threw us against the wall . . and all this stuff. Told us to sit down on the curb and .