Do Not Bring Back Flogging Essay

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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 …show more content…
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 directing a question to his readers, Jacoby states: “Instead of a prison term, why not sentence at least some criminals -- say, thieves and drunk drivers -- to a public whipping?” (Jacoby 2). At this juncture, Jacoby is in the wrong yet again. He assumes that thieves and drunk drivers have committed the same crime when in reality they have not. Ultimately,