Critical Analysis of Bring Back Flogging (Engl 015s) - Xuan Zhou

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Critical Analysis of "Bring Back Flogging?" (ENGL 015S) - Xuan Zhou Sign In Xuan Zhou Home Blog Educational Experience Professional Experience Contact Critical Analysis of "Bring Back Flogging?" (ENGL 015S) By XUAN ZHOU on September 9, 2010 6:58 PM | 0 Comments | 0 TrackBacks SEARCH THIS BLOG Full Text Search Tag In his article, "Bring Back Flogging," columnist Jeff Jacoby tries to tell us about the deficiency of today's criminal justice system and to persuade us to bring back flogging as a punishment for certain crimes. His title clearly and directly states his thesis. Techniques such as evidence and assumptions are used in this essay to persuade readers. However, though it is an engaging piece of work, it cannot persuade me to support his proposition. "Bring Back Flogging" was published on February 20, in 1997 in the Boston Globe. In this essay, Jeff Jacoby describes the weak points of today's criminal justice system, and claims that flogging should be our option because it is a much quicker, cheaper, educational and effective way than imprisonment. In his argument, Jacoby does furnish a good amount of evidence, yet he seems to choose many wrong proofs. He points out that about 1.6 million Americans were in jail that year (1997), and that this number was 3.5 times larger than that of 1980 (Jacoby par. 4). This seems, at first glance, to demonstrate the weakness of the federal justice system. However, does the dramatically increased number of prisoners necessarily verify that the prison system is not working? Is it possible that the growth resulted from the changes of the laws as more things become illegal, the federal government passes minimum mandatory sentences? Perhaps many crimes for which a person would not have been sent to prison now require a prison term. That could be the reason for the increase. Then, can we literally say that the

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