J. Kieffer: Rather be flogged

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This is in response to the story Jan. 18 about a Bangor man who asked to be publicly flogged rather than go to prison.

I can see his point.

If given a choice between being lashed by a whip or being locked in a cage with murderers and rapists, I might choose the whip.

If given a choice between swift and painful punishment, afterward being able to contribute to the economy, or being locked in a cage where I can contribute nothing and am only a burden, I might choose the pain.

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What is more cruel and unusual than having years taken from your life while being subjected to random beatings and acts of sodomy?

I can’t think of anything more cruel and unusual than prison.

John Kieffer, Turner

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