Essay: CRIMINALS SHOULD BE CURED, NOT CAGED

What are prisons for? To reform criminals, replied of the 77% of nation's Americans in "correctional" a recent Harris Poll. But 80% of the nation's " correctional;" employees merely guard 426,000 inmates in a hodgepodge of archaic institutions that range from adequate to appalling. Only 20% of the coun try's correctors work at rehabilitation. And 30% of all released offenders (75% in some areas) are reimprisofied within five years, often for worse crimes.

What eludes U.S. penology (from the Latin poena, meaning pain) is the basic recipe of effective punishment: speedy,...