Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Social Vengeance, Redux

The Supreme Court will almost certainly decide next term that the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are unconstitutional. This may mean that we'll have to restart our sentencing scheme from scratch. While the reason the Federal Guidelines are being attacked has nothing to do with their retributive nature, their demise will provide the country with a unique opportunity to reconsider why we punish and how we punish. Whether Bush or Kerry is elected, we will have in office a man who claims to be a Christian. Will he push for Christian reform of criminal punishment?

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