Letter to the Editor

Public humiliation

Arroyo GrandeNovember 7, 2012 

Low-level felons crowd California prisons and are now transferred to local jails. My brother in Massachusetts suggests we place felons in stocks and pillories for several hours in the centers of towns before transferring them. Embarrassment, he says, is a greater deterrent to illegal behavior than the threat of incarceration. Do you agree?

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