a reply to: Krazysh0t
But the first thing we need to do is drop the idea that punishment is a necessary response to committing a crime.
Well, the best way to stop ANYTHING in the US is to take the profit motive out of it. If you want to drop punishment, you've first got to end the
"For Profit" prison companies.
Now, in terms of handling the CJS from a whole new perspective, I've been toying with and contemplating an entirely different method of "population"
management using some of the new and developing technologies that are coming available. First, we'd need to establish a baseline UBI (Universal Basic
Income); (we're probably going to need that anyway for other reasons). Second, we already have the technologies to identify and track would be
offenders, starting with the Middle School population. Its really possible and no longer too difficult to identify people at a fairly early age who
will most likely end up in the CJS. As things stand at the moment, they are just passed along and up the grades and out the school to get rid of them
as trouble makers. However, in the not too distant future, we could identify these people, track them with GPS technologies and interdict BEFORE they
offend. Predictive Policing is already being practiced in California, although in a rather bass akward method. They use algorithms that predict
where crime is likely to occur and dispatch cops to that area. However, if we can successfully identify future offenders BEFORE they offend, we could
tie the algorithmic geo-locating data to the "at risk" offender location/movement data so the cops would know BOTH where
crimes are NEXT likely
to occur and who
the likely offender is. With the movement data, we can also predict the "when"
a crime is going to be committed. This
gives us the "who", the "where" and the "when".
The third component I've been thinking about is the most controversial. It would include creation of a near "caste" system based upon a good or
negative "citizen" rating. So, for example, a very high rating would be given to say, a nuclear physicist, based upon intelligence, criminal
proclivity (lack thereof), productivity, worthy contribution, etc. People would be differentiated in the caste system with RFID technology and that
technology would "talk" to all the other wearers in proximity to one another. In this scenario, those who have very low rating and are most likely to
commit a crime would be warned they are in too close proximity to a higher rated member of the caste system. Failure to retreat, or initiating rapid
approach with presumably criminal intent would result in a non-lethal but entirely disabling electric shock from the ankle monitor.
Obviously, those at the lowest rating, i.e., those with the highest proclivity to crime would see finding work near impossible. Hence the UBI.
But here's the deal..............no crime..........no punishment!