http://www.theblaze.com/stories/in-...st-makes-brutal-case-to-solve-prison-problem/ A former Baltimore cop who is now a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has just released a book, "In Defense of Flogging" in which he makes an argument for giving criminals a choice of either prison or a set number of lashes. I haven't read it (yet), but I heard part of his interview on NPR earlier this week, and while he doesn't support the choice for violent offenders, he sees it as at least a partial solution to the prison problem in the US (though, I think his real motive was to call greater attention to the failings of the current system, e.g., the US spends more to put and keep a person in prison than we do to keep him out). Still, it's an intriguing notion. Focus: If you were convicted of a crime and given a choice of either 10 years in prison or 10 lashes (flesh-stripping lashes, with a cane) which would you choose? Alt. Focus: Do you think the idea has merit? Barbaric?