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Quote 756

“Public prisons as they now exist are unjust to victims of crime. The practice of incarcerating criminals in public prisons effectively deprives victims of their right to restitution in those cases where the greatest rights violations have occurred. Victims of the most serious crimes and their families are thereby twice victimized: once by the rights violator and again by the enforcement agencies that require victims to participate at some considerable risk and cost while denying to them any effective ability to obtain reparations from the offender.

   --  Randy Barnett



Quote 757

“Because only the worst offenders are incarcerated, prisons become very dangerous places. Dangerousness is thereby added to the deprivation of liberty to heighten still further the severity of imprisonment and the cost of error. As a result, judges become even more reluctant to sentence a person to prison for fear of a very real risk of overpunishment. When they have discretion, judges become increasingly inclined to give even serious felons the benefit of the doubt by sentencing them to a period of probation until they have established a sufficiently serious criminal record.

   --  Randy Barnett



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