Why Prison?: An Economic Critique (Article Review)

In a recent article in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Peter Salib seeks to critique the current prison system in the United States from an economic standpoint and suggest some desired features of an alternative system. Though neither the critique nor the alternative are anarchist in nature, there is still much to be learned and possibly some contributions we can offer. The arguments against the current system are fairly standard yet in depth and insightful. The most significant one is the problem of restitution and wealth transfer. When a crime is committed, the state receives money...

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