In defense of flogging presents a solution both radical and simple give criminals a choice between incarceration and the lash flogging is punishment quick cheap and honest noted criminologist peter moskos in irrefutable style shows the logic of the new system while highlighting flaws in the status quo. Certainly in defense of flogging is more about the horrors of our prison industrial complex than an ode to flogging but i do defend flogging as the best way to jump start the prison debate and . However this book is light on actual defense of flogging and often runs aground in screeds of environmentalist antiracism blaming the typical bad neighborhoods and vague systemic injustice for the criminality of certain minorities. I just finished a book called in defense of flogging by peter moskos moskos is a former baltimore cop who now teaches criminal justice at the city university of new york he argues that prisons dont work and they are extremely expensive failures. In defense of flogging was listed as a favorite book of the year by mother jones and earned moskos recognition as one of atlantic magazines brave thinkers of 2011 this article first appeared in the may june 2011 edition of the washington monthly
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