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Just Like Prison, But Without Bars

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


The conventional wisdom holds that you do a client a great deal of good if you spare him a term behind bars. Prison and the loss of liberty is the great evil to be avoided in the criminal justice system. Rare is the individual who actually benefits from imprisonment; rarer still is the crime so heinous that prison is required. Yet we send folks to the slammer with the prim satisfaction of an accountant at tax time; we pretend to believe that justice is being done.

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