Friday, August 16, 2002

Posting will be light today, and until Monday Australian time. Partly due to publishing glitches at Blogger, but mainly due to the fact that The Good Lady Wife has planned a weekend away with the three r's: Rest, Room Service, and Rumpy Pumpy.

Yesterday a judge gave a gang rapist a maximum sentence of 55 years. Do I care if this boyo dies in jail? No. But what I do care about is the impact on future victims. for a detailed economic explanation, see Jason Soon. Put simply, if there is no distinction between punishments, but the lesser crime leaves witnesses that will assist in conviction, the "reward" for not murdering is lessened.

I can't say for sure, but I think there is a fair overlap between people who will claim (rightly) that high welfare payments discourage job seeking, and the group that wants uniform high sentences across the board.

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