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Cruel and Unusual?

Suggest adding the whipping post to America’s system of criminal justice and most people recoil in horror. But offer a choice between five years in prison or 10 lashes and almost everybody picks the lash. What does that say about prison?

In lieu of prison, bring back the lash – The Washington Post.

Uhmmmm, a bit unorthodox (and I am in no way advocating this), but what do you think?

Would this constitute “Cruel and Unusual” punishment?

It does sound horrible, but would people choose lashing over prison?  If so, does that mean prison is a MORE “cruel and unusual” form of punishment?

Can a modern democratic society use such forms of punishment and stay true to itself?

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