The Nation: Unclean! Unclean!

For thousands of years, shepherds have attached bells to the lead sheep to keep the flock from straying. In medieval times, lepers were required to wear bells and cry, "Unclean! Unclean!" as they roamed the streets. Now a Utah sociologist has suggested that the same primitive notion be applied to prison parolees.

In an excess of reform inspiration, Professor Gerald Smith of the University of Utah suggested that parolees have an electronic beeper surgically implanted in them so that their movements can be monitored 24 hours a day. Smith was quick to add that the installation of the device would be voluntary,...

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