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Prison Rape, Ctd.

Really, Andrew? You agree that “we already know” that a “key variable” in predicting the likelihood of prison rape is “the abandonment of any meaningful attempts at rehabilitation”? So if we just redoubled our efforts at rehabilitation–no mention is made of actually succeeding at rehabilitation–we could reduce prison rape? And you agree that to view prison as chiefly about the punishment and incapacitation of criminals is to promote prison rape? These look to me like dated left-wing nostrums. Worse, they don’t seem to be true. They’re certainly not defended in the article. Can you provide a defense?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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