Bring Back Flogging

Capital punishment has been a controversial topic throughout history. Some people believe that it is a necessary part of the criminal justice system, while others believe that it is barbaric and should be abolished.

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in capital punishment, with some people calling for its return. One of the most outspoken proponents of this idea is author and journalist Jeffrey Toobin.

In his article “Bring Back Flogging”, Toobin argues that capital punishment is an ineffective deterrent to crime and that it is often applied in a racially biased manner. He also believes that it is cruel and unusual punishment and that there are alternatives to it that are more humane.

While I agree with some of Toobin’s arguments, I do not believe that capital punishment should be brought back. I believe that it is a barbaric practice that does not deter crime and that there are better alternatives to it.

Toobin begins his article by discussing the history of capital punishment in America. He notes that it has been used since the colonial days and that it was once widely accepted.

However, public opinion began to change in the late 19th century, and capital punishment became increasingly controversial. In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled that death penalty laws in America were unconstitutional, but this decision was later overturned.

Jeff Jacoby’s essay, “Revive Flogging,” uses verbal irony and sarcasm to expose his strong opinions and beliefs on corporal punishment. He employs spoken paradox and sarcasm in such a way that the reader quickly understands his true meaning. Jacoby explains what flogging is, how it was effective, and argues that our society needs to be reminded of its value.

Corporal punishment is a physical consequence that involves hitting or whipping someone as a form of discipline.

Jacoby’s purpose is to persuade the reader that flogging would be more successful in decreasing crime rates than today’s system of incarceration. He believes that flogging is a more primitive form of punishment that will result in fewer criminals and fewer victims of crime.

Jacoby begins his essay by defining what flogging is and how it was used in the past. He then goes on to argue that flogging is a more effective form of punishment than incarceration.

He argues that flogging is a more effective form of punishment because it is a deterrent to crime. Jacoby states, “Flogging works as a deterrent not because it is cruel but because it is

excruciatingly painful”

He goes on to say that the pain of flogging would be enough to deter people from committing crimes. Jacoby also argues that flogging is a more effective form of punishment because it is less expensive than incarceration. He states that “the cost of housing a single prisoner for a year now

averages about $24,000” and that “the cost of flogging would be a small fraction of the billions we now spend on prisons.”

Flogging is the act or practice of delivering severe beatings. Flogging was practiced by the Puritans in 1632 up until 1972, when it was discontinued. When someone was sentenced to receive a whipping for committing a crime, such as adultery or blasphemy, the Puritans used this method. A person who has been proven guilty of a criminal offense was made to stand on a post in public wearing only his t-shirt and whipped severely.

While some might believe that flogging is a primitive and also savage way to punish someone, I would certainly claim that it is a more effective form of penalty than our modern-day jail system.

The primary factor I would say this is because the criminal activity price was lower when flogging was an approved form of punishment.

If even more individuals were afraid of being flogged, then they would be less likely to dedicate crimes.

Also, those who did devote crimes as well as were caught, would be quickly dealt with as opposed to sitting in jail for months or years awaiting their test.

And lastly, the cost to keep somebody in prison is a lot higher than it would be to provide them a flogging.

So, while some might see flogging as a barbaric method of penalty, I would certainly say that it is a more effective form of punishment than our modern jail system.

If we were to revive flogging and practice it on those who have wronged in particular ways,and if the general public saw these people being whipped,it might greatly reduce crime rates. Being whipped is no more or less degrading than being locked up in a cage like an animal. The prospect of being flogged would motivate potential criminals not to commit crimes that they may be planning.

In the eighteenth century, flogging was a common form of punishment. It was used to discipline slaves, soldiers, sailors, and criminals. The offender would be tied to a post or whipping machine and lashed with a cat o’nine tails or switch. The number of lashes depended on the severity of the crime. For example, thieves would receive 20-40 lashes, while rapists could receive up to 100 (Flogging). Although it was a brutal method of punishment, it did serve as a way to enforce order and control among people (Flogging).

There are those who argue that flogging is inhumane and too barbaric for today’s society. They believe that it is a form of torture and that it does not deter crime. Others argue that flogging is an effective way to punish criminals and that it is a less severe form of punishment than imprisonment. They believe that it is a more humane form of punishment because the offender knows that the punishment will end after a certain number of lashes (Flogging).

I believe that flogging is a more effective form of punishment than imprisonment because it is a less severe form of punishment. The offender knows that the punishment will end after a certain number of lashes, and they will be able to return to their life. Flogging is also a more effective form of punishment because it deters crime. Studies have shown that when offenders are publicly whipped, it serves as a deterrent to others who are considering committing a crime (Flogging). Therefore, I believe that flogging should be revived and used as a form of punishment for criminals.

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