6/6/18 John Pfaff on the Perverse Incentives of Punishment

6/6/18 John Pfaff on the Perverse Incentives of Punishment

Fordham Law Professor John Pfaff joins the show to discuss his article for TheAppeal.org “The Perverse Incentives of Punishment.” Pfaff begins by sharing the story of a sheriff in Alabama who kept the remaining funds from feeding prisoners in the county jail for himself—and used the money to buy himself a beach house. Scott then discusses the true problem with private prison systems, and why even libertarians should be against private prisons. Pfaff then explains why prosecutors have considerable financial incentives to charge defendants with felonies rather than misdemeanors and makes the case why it’s so hard for “smart on crime” to overcome “tough on crime.” Scott then puts the question to Pfaff—if we’re going to have a public police and judicial system, why should they be allowed to vote or unionize? Finally the two discuss why the analytical problem is clear, but the political solution requires creative consideration.
John Pfaff is a professor of law at Fordham University. He is the author of “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform.” He writes regularly at Appeals.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnFPfaff.
This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.
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About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 6,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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