This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Do Not Bring Back Flogging Essay

1044 words - 4 pages

Flogging…What is it? What purpose does it serve? For those of us who have never heard of flogging, flogging refers to “beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment” (“Flogging” 1). Throughout the 1600s, flogging was utilized by “Boston’s Puritan Forefathers” (Jacoby 1) as a method of corporal punishment for various crimes. Progressing forward, Jeff Jacoby, columnist for The Boston Globe, provides readers with his view of “Boston’s Forefathers’” system of punishment in his essay, “Bring Back Flogging.” Within the contents of his work, Jacoby describes how flogging was utilized as punishment in its day. One such example he utilizes involves a woman who pleaded guilty to committing adultery. He writes that her punishment was “fifteen stripes severally to be laid on upon her naked back at the Common Whipping post” (Jacoby 1). In his piece, Jacoby argues for the revival of flogging and Puritan style punishment in the United States. As well as this, the author illustrates how imprisonment has become society’s general form of punishment and has now become outdated. Jacoby proposes that in order to cut costs and prevent future crime within first time offenders the turn to flogging must be taken. Jacoby’s logic to his argument is that since crime rates are rising, keeping prisoners locked up is expensive, and “the penal system is choked to bursting” (Jacoby 1), prisons should be done away with and flogging should take the reins as the new form of corporal punishment. Bearing in mind the above, Jacoby’s argument on bringing back flogging is unconvincing for the reason that his assumptions are incoherent and flogging itself is inhumane and could prove to be ineffective.
To begin with, Jacoby’s assumptions can be seen as illogical. For example, the author wrongly assumes that being whipped in public is more humiliating than being “caged” (Jacoby 1). Going to jail, i.e. being “caged,” is viewed as one of the most horrible events of a person’s life. Further, only the scum of the Earth go to jail and no person in their right mind would be happy to be labeled as a former inmate. Furthermore, Jacoby presumes that “for many offenders, there is even a certain cachet to doing time -- a stint in prison becomes a sign of manhood, a status symbol” (Jacoby 2). Where is the writer getting this fact? One could argue that going to jail is viewed as degradation in a person’s manhood. As well as this, Jacoby assumes that flogging will “prove a lot more educational than 10 years' worth of prison meals and lockdowns” (Jacoby 2). Truth be told, a public whipping may trigger rage within the individual. Contrary to this, jail time may cause the person to settle down and realize what they have done wrong. In addition, the individual would recognize that “10 years worth of prison meals and lockdowns” is 10 years of their life wasted. Also, Jacoby presupposes that flogging can be utilized as the new general form of punishment for all crimes. For instance, when...

Find Another Essay On Do Not Bring Back Flogging

This essay is about teens and high risk behaviors (drugs) why not to do them and where they will bring you with three examples why teens may choose to try drugs

904 words - 4 pages were asked if we wanted to some "pot" nervously we all said alright and got high. Yes, I still smoke weed, and think nothing of it; I do not find it wrong in any way although it has gotten me into many other drugs.I think that some teens do drugs because of a bad childhood. They may use drugs as a means to escape from past pain and problems. Instead of sports, music, or other hobbies they decide to use drugs as a distraction. I for one have been

Grotesque Tendencies: An Analysis of Flannery O'Connor's Misfit in the Short Story "A Good Man Is Hard To Find"

1025 words - 4 pages because they have not seen the bodies. The Wesley ladies are uncertain of what may happen to them. The Misfit seems to want to hold an intelligent "at ease" conversation with the Wesley ladies. However, the ladies' thoughts seem to drift to what their future may bring. Will they have to endure immense pain from a flogging or a quick death from being shot? This behavior by The Misfit is torturous for the ladies to hold an intelligent conversation while

Betrayal, Punishment and Sexual Promiscuity

977 words - 4 pages fornication as part of their normal sexual practices, however, in The Arabian Nights sexual practices come with harsh penalties which generate havoc and disfigurement on humans, impacting their lives and relationships. Today some Middle Eastern countries have passed laws “criminalizing adultery which [has] resulted in punishments ranging from the imposition of fines to flogging, hanging and death by stoning” (Deen 2014). From the beginning of The Arabian

Return of the pharaoh Book Review

902 words - 4 pages , for the book demonstrates many of Nasir’s qualities that bring him on par with Pharaoh himself. For instance, instead of swearing by Allah’s name as most Muslims do, Nasir’s associates swear “by (the might of) Nasir”, as if HE were their god. Nasir also believes in eliminating all opposition just like Pharaoh did. He imprisons, persecutes and eventually kills many Brotherhood members and their sympathizers. Although Muslim by name, Nasir was

Rosa Parks an Activist

1213 words - 5 pages quite a few years to African-Americans segregation in the south. "I worked on numerous cases with the NAACP," Rosa Parks recalled, "but we did not get the publicity. There were cases of flogging, peonage, murder, and rape. We didn't seem to have too many successes. It was more a matter of trying to challenge the powers that be, and to let it be known that we did not wish to continue being second-class citizens.” (Woo)” “Mrs. Parks became a

Criminal Justice In Saudia Arabia: A State Of Secrecy

1761 words - 7 pages medical examination is supposed to be required in order to find out if there were any beatings. This is required under the Convention against Torture. The judge does not follow procedure. The laws of Saudi Arabia are already so inhumane as it is, but the one chance for a detainee to get some rights, is lost due to lack of following procedure. If a detainee goes before a judge and does not sign a confession, the judge dismisses them and they go back

Gladiators

620 words - 2 pages become gladiators they had to go to school and toughen up, they had to battle people, with wooden swords, and you had to cut and rip open bags with your wooden swords. All the things the did prepared them for a real gladiator battle. If you were a really small guy and not to strong, when you left you would be a big, scary, strong guy, so you could actually have a chance at winning a battle.There would be multiple gladiator battles going on at

Convict Life and Punishments in Australia

1507 words - 6 pages a seven year sentence could apply for his ticket of leave after four years of proven good behaviour; a man sentenced to 14 years could do so after 6 years and a man sentenced to life could apply after 8 years. Sentences could also be shortened through exceptional services such as spying on his mates or catching an escapee.Convict LifeConvict life was harsh, it was neither pleasant nor easy. The work was hard, discipline was severe, accommodation

ROSA PARKS: STANDING UP FOR FREEDOM

632 words - 3 pages worked quietly for many years to improve the lot of African-Americans in the segregated south."I worked on numerous cases with the NAACP," Mrs. Parks recalled, "but we did not get the publicity. There were cases of flogging, peonage, murder, and rape. We didn't seem to have too many successes. It was more a matter of trying to challenge the powers that be, and to let it be known that we did not wish to continue being second-class citizens."The

What is The Problem with the US Correctional Systems

2033 words - 8 pages potential offenders. Federal and state laws govern the establishment and administration of prisons as well as the rights of the inmates. Although prisoners do not have complete constitutional rights, they are protected by the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, according to the Eight Amendment. It entails that this protection requires that prisoners be afforded a minimum standard of living. According to the textbook, prisoners retain other

Pairs in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

2155 words - 9 pages to the servants, deprived him of the instructions of the curate, and insisted that he should labour out of doors instead, compelling him to do so, as hard as any other lad on the farm” (36). This is not to say that others are spared Hindley’s tyranny, as Cathy is also punished for wrongdoings, yet these are almost always a result of some activity involving Heathcliff. This pairing of Cathy and Heathcliff is central to Brontë’s novel, and, as

Similar Essays

Bring Back Flogging Essay

616 words - 2 pages Bring Back Flogging" During seventeenth century flogging was a popular punishment for convicted people among Boston's Puritans. Fortunately, those times have passed and brutal and inhuman flogging was replaced by imprisonment. Columnist for the Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby in his essay "Bring back flogging" asserts that flogging is superior to imprisonment and advocates flogging as an excellent means of punishment. He is convinced that

Bring Back Flogging Essay

758 words - 4 pages Globe, a daily newspaper from Boston, Massachusetts, which was founded in 1872. This article Bring Back Flogging was originally published on February 20, 1997. Based on the information given in the essay I do agree that flogging would be an effective alternative to jail time for non-criminal charges. In Bring Back Flogging Jacoby claims that we should bring back flogging because the current ways of incarceration are not effective, the price, and

Bring Back Flogging Essay

1077 words - 4 pages In “Bring Back Flogging” Jeff Jacoby, a columnist for the Boston Globe, presents the use of corporal punishment as an alternative to the current system of imprisonment. Published in February of 1997, the article states that flogging would be a more effective means of punishment than jail. He insists it would be less expensive and serve as a deterrent to first time offenders. Jacoby’s thoughts on prison reform are legitimate, but his reasoning

Jeff Jacoby’s Bring Flogging Back Essay

1227 words - 5 pages not generally a good thing to have in a credible paper. Jacoby also uses active claims to support his thesis, however he lacked the claims that supported the evidence of why flogging is a beneficial punishment. He clearly states proper and valid evidence toward his opposing view, while maintaining a convincing tone. Works Cited Jacoby, Jeff. "Bring Back Flogging." Current Issues and Enduring Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings. By Barnet, Sylvan and Bedau, Adam. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014. 196-198. Print