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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences 914

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Like something out of the movie Inception, Rhiannon Williams reports in the Telegraph that Dr. Rebecca Roache, in charge of a team of scholars focused upon the ways futuristic technologies might transform punishment, claims the prison sentences of serious criminals could be made worse by distorting prisoners' minds into thinking time was passing more slowly. 'There are a number of psychoactive drugs that distort people's sense of time, so you could imagine developing a pill or a liquid that made someone feel like they were serving a 1,000-year sentence,' says Roache. Roache says when she began researching this topic, she was thinking a lot about Daniel Pelka, a four-year-old boy who was starved and beaten to death by his mother and stepfather.

'I had wondered whether the best way to achieve justice in cases like that was to prolong death as long as possible. Some crimes are so bad they require a really long period of punishment, and a lot of people seem to get out of that punishment by dying. And so I thought, why not make prison sentences for particularly odious criminals worse by extending their lives?' Thirty years in prison is currently the most severe punishment available in the UK legal system. 'To me, these questions about technology are interesting because they force us to rethink the truisms we currently hold about punishment. When we ask ourselves whether it's inhumane to inflict a certain technology on someone, we have to make sure it's not just the unfamiliarity that spooks us,' says Roache. 'Is it really OK to lock someone up for the best part of the only life they will ever have, or might it be more humane to tinker with their brains and set them free? When we ask that question, the goal isn't simply to imagine a bunch of futuristic punishments — the goal is to look at today's punishments through the lens of the future.'"
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

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  • Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki (895364) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:47AM (#46532725)

    That's ridiculous. If we wanted to cause as much damage to the criminals as possible, why not simply reinstate torture?

    That's basically what she seems to want.

    (no we shouldn't do that)

    • Re:Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:52AM (#46532765)

      This. ... "and a lot of people seem to get out of that punishment by dying"

      They didn't get out of anything, they're dead.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Joce640k (829181)

        They didn't get out of anything, they're dead.

        Sometimes their victims still have a lot of years left.

    • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by AvitarX (172628) <me@@@brandywinehundred...org> on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:52AM (#46532767) Journal

      That's what I was thinking. The whole summary made me sick. Justice isn't a code word for vengence.

      There's an argument to be made for execution, if someone is deemed beyond redemption, but to invent drugs to extend punishment is horrible. Unless the idea is someone can be released in a week, and become productive rather than a drain on society.

      • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

        by MozeeToby (1163751) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:08AM (#46532947)

        1000 years subject time, all spent strapped to a gurney and looking at the ceiling and you think they're going to come out of it as a productive member of society? Not to mention submitting someone to 1000 years of that torture in less time than it takes for a lawyer to file an appeal, that's just a great idea for justice. I sincerely hope the author of this piece was being satirical... the alternative is that she's a raging sociopath.

        • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Informative)

          by gutnor (872759) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:25AM (#46533157)
          Well if you look at the summary, she does not call it justice, she calls it punishment.
        • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

          by jythie (914043) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:26AM (#46533173)
          Yeah, this pretty much gives up completely on the concept of rehabilitation and is steeped in the idea that if you make someone suffer enough they will not commit any more crimes for fear of more.
          • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

            by sFurbo (1361249) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @09:32AM (#46534045)

            the idea that if you make someone suffer enough they will not commit any more crimes for fear of more.

            I think you give the author too much credit. As I read it, it is steeped in pure lust for vengeance, no rational thought required.

        • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

          by evendiagram (2789803) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:31AM (#46533253)
          Considering that time dilation punishment would be completely solitary, this may be the most cruel way to psychologically break a person. The author should be the first to volunteer for testing.
        • by azav (469988)

          Certainly seems like short term thinking. The author's focus is on the punishment for the action, nothing about what happens after to the criminal and how this affects society as that person has to re-enter society.

        • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Interesting)

          by Chatsubo (807023) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:48AM (#46533487)

          While I agree this person seems... misguided, I do see a point in this.

          Currently we "rehabilitate" people by putting them in a cage with a whole bunch of other sociopaths for decades and expect them to emerge as productive members of society. In doing so, we already are cruel by removing a substantial part of their lives from them (and probably get them raped, psychologically and physically abused, etc). They can never get that time back, no matter how productive they emerge, no matter how sorry they are, no matter that they'll never do it again, or that they've already been punished by being completely removed from normal society for an extended period of time. That life "time" is gone forever.

          I'd actually be behind a concept similar to this GIVEN that the drugs don't put them in a state of agony, paranoia, hallucination, etc. (you know, stuff normally associated with the drugs she's talking about). Or in the case of a virtual world: If the person could live in some kind of prison-like world, still study, interact with others (hopefully non-sociopaths), etc....

          Basically serve out their sentence without losing that much of their actual life. Then maybe this is a more humane thing to do. It certainly helps in the case where someone receives "8 life sentences", to make that sentence more severe than just one. My only concern: Could you really rehabilitate someone who has done something so bad as to receive a punishment that harsh? A THOUSAND years?! Isn't part of the point to remove lost causes like that from society? What you're essentially doing in that case is shortening the time-frame that we are all safe from these people.

          • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

            by kilfarsnar (561956) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @09:08AM (#46533755)

            Currently we "rehabilitate" people by putting them in a cage with a whole bunch of other sociopaths for decades and expect them to emerge as productive members of society. In doing so, we already are cruel by removing a substantial part of their lives from them (and probably get them raped, psychologically and physically abused, etc). They can never get that time back, no matter how productive they emerge, no matter how sorry they are, no matter that they'll never do it again, or that they've already been punished by being completely removed from normal society for an extended period of time. That life "time" is gone forever.

            US prison is not meant to rehabilitate. That's a fantasy that some still hold, but prison is there to punish you, nothing more. Well, it's supposed to deter you as well, but I'm not sure how well that works.

            The Prison Reform Act of 1984 states "imprisonment is not an appropriate means of promoting correction and rehabilitation." And yet, as you refer to, we expect people to come out of prison and rejoin polite society. Well, we say we expect that, but then we put up all kinds of obstacles to becoming gainfully employed as an ex-con. If you're black, you're basically unemployable after being in prison. So we lock people up in a terrible place, expect them to somehow improve themselves while there, make it hard for them to rebuild their lives once they get out, and then wonder why those people can't get their shit together. Must be something about their "culture", eh? It's one of the more fucked up aspects of our criminal justice system (right next to for-profit prisons). Really, it's absurd on an existentialist level.

          • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Interesting)

            by stabiesoft (733417) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @09:30AM (#46534009) Homepage
            I've often wondered about drastically modifying the prison system. Some offences, such as the recent sxsw killings would get the death penalty immediately, as there is no question as to who did it and definitely not an accident. Under those conditions (murder+in the act), death penalty is punishment. For other serious crimes, (armed robbery, kidnapping, or murder and we did not catch you in the act) you get a trial, and if convicted, you go to rehab. And I mean a concerted effort at rehab. After rehab, you have one demerit. You get out, help is given to get a job, like halfway houses etc. Again, real help. You get caught again, trial etc, rehab, demerit number 2. Get caught again, trial, convicted, no more rehab. Death penalty. This system provides real effort to make you a member of society, and allows for mistakes in the trial system. And if you really don't want to be part of society, society does what most pack animal societies do, eliminate members that can't play nice.
        • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

          by HideyoshiJP (1392619) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:55AM (#46533587)
          I'm guessing she finally got around to watching some Deep Space Nine [wikipedia.org].
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        In a society that cannot bring itself to punish its worst criminals by execution, people are inevitably going to come up with ideas like this.

        The article did raise an interesting point: if there are crimes so severe that only vengeance gets through to the perpetrators' minds in the absence of any hope of 'correction' (the Wichita Massacre or the Knoxville Horror, as US examples), then wouldn't some future technology for "tinkering with the brain" be a more "European" alternative, by their way of thinking, t

        • by cheesybagel (670288) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:43AM (#46533415)

          This idea is hogwash. They used to conduct lobotomies on prisoners at once point. If the purpose behind limited sentences is to rehabilitate a prisoner you cannot do that by turning them into vegetables or hardened criminals which is what this person is proposing would do. Her '1000 year' sentence, assuming it had no other side effects which I seriously doubt, would either turn these people into raging lunatics or they would get so disconnected from real life that they would probably start dispensing their own vengeance once they came out of jail.

          If she killed her kid when she was 27 years old and gets 30 years jail she will come out of jail with 57 years and most likely cannot have a kid again. Which means she cannot even do the exact same crime again at all. No need to do stupid shit.

        • Re: Ridiculous. (Score:4, Interesting)

          by i kan reed (749298) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:53AM (#46533551) Homepage Journal

          Why do we "punish" criminals, anyways? Is society some sort of arbiter of karma?

          Deter? Yes.
          Rehabilitate? Yes.
          Keep off the street? Yes.
          Punish? I don't get it.

    • What was her name again? ;) Are you sure she not advocating both? Maybe she's seen the latest Judge Dredd movie.
    • Re:Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by hawkinspeter (831501) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:55AM (#46532801)
      Absolutely. If they are going to use drugs to exact harsher "punishment", then they might as well start looking for a drug that causes intense pain and suffering. While they're about it, why don't they semi-starve the prisoners and ensure that they can never get more than a few minutes sleep.

      This is the most objectionable story I've ever seen on Slashdot.
      • Re:Ridiculous. (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:21AM (#46533105)

        This is the most objectionable story I've ever seen on Slashdot.

        This is what happens when a biblical zeal for vengeance meets modern technology.

        Anybody seriously contemplating using something like this should be subjected to it themselves, and is well into the end of the medical ethics of Joseph Mengele.

        Even suggesting something this obscene should cause you to lose your medical license.

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by Primate Pete (2773471)
          Happily, "Dr." Roache isn't an MD, she's a philosophy professor and apparently unaware of the Hippocratic Oath. That gives her substantially reduced capacity to do harm compared to someone in actual medical practice working with actual human beings.
    • Re:Ridiculous. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Like2Byte (542992) <Like2Byte@@@yahoo...com> on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:58AM (#46532837) Homepage

      Exactly. This is simply inhumane. Regardless of the otrocities commited by the convicted, we cannot, as a society, debase ourselves by resorting to torture of the mind, body, or soul.

      The department of corrections is supposed to be "correcting" human behaviour, not damaging it. Too much of that happens in prisons as it is. Now this doctor wants to exacerbate that?

      Whatever organization that she received her doctorate from should revoke it immediately!

      • I say we bring back beatings.

        We currently take petty criminals in poor neighborhoods, put them in jail for 60 days, they get out, 2 months behind on rent, fired from their job for not coming to work for 8 weeks, incapable of feeding their kids, and they wind up homeless. Now what? Best course of action is to become a drug dealer.

        You stole a candy bar. Caning, 10 lashes. Then you go home.

      • This is for people whom society has deemed beyond correction. They should never be allowed to reenter society, so we must decide what to do with them. The only logical sentences in this case are life imprisonment without parole, or death.

        What the author proposes is just sick.

    • Re:Ridiculous. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by newcastlejon (1483695) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:59AM (#46532851)

      I'm not worried about this actually happening. It'd be shot down by the ECHR and at best would just give the Telegraph another reason to complain about them.

      I'm more concerned that someone who calls themself a doctor could even concieve of such a thing; I'm going to have to assume that Ms Roache isn't that kind of doctor, otherwise I'm in danger of losing any lingering faith I have in the innate goodness of Man.

    • Re:Ridiculous. (Score:5, Interesting)

      by khasim (1285) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:04AM (#46532911)

      And it's a TV show plot.

      The Sentence [wikipedia.org]

      • Also an episode on Trek. "Hard Time" was the title I think; it was one of the many episodes where O'Brien was the whipping boy.
    • Re:Ridiculous. (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:07AM (#46532943)

      On other hand, this could actually be used positively. If someone is sentenced to thirty years, but they only had to spend 10 real years (but 30 with time dilation drug) - then they come out into a society that isn't all that changed, comparatively, and easier for them to readjust back into, having served their time.

      There's bad and good with every technological use.

    • by jeffmeden (135043)

      That's ridiculous. If we wanted to cause as much damage to the criminals as possible, why not simply reinstate torture?

      That's basically what she seems to want.

      (no we shouldn't do that)

      Exactly. This article has more "thefuck?" in it than almost any I've seen on Slashdot. And they even missed the lede: the Scifi tie-in is obviously the Star Trek DS9 episode "Hard Time". Duh.

      But seriously, life without parole (not a thing in the UK? look into it) is pretty severe, prisons are designed to be brutal (far too effective at punishment and far too ineffective at rehabilitation) so unless we want a whole new section of the penal system designed for "extra" punishment of heinous offenders then w

  • Dude (Score:5, Funny)

    by JustOK (667959) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:48AM (#46532729) Journal
    Have you ever looked at your handcuffs? I mean, really LOOKED at them?
  • by Threni (635302) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:48AM (#46532731)

    "Thirty years in prison is currently the most severe punishment available in the UK legal system."

    No, it's not. People get 30-year minimum sentences, for instance, and there are a number of prisoners on whole-life sentences:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... [wikipedia.org]

  • by NotDrWho (3543773) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:50AM (#46532741)

    Like something out of the movie Inception

    I just hope there aren't unintended consequences, as there were in that movie.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:50AM (#46532743)

    This seems to be the very definition of "cruel and unusual".

    • This seems to be the very definition of "cruel and unusual".

      We can be pretty creative about what fits through the 8th Amendment here in the Land Of The Free...

      Now, this commie-pinko entitlement liberal nonsense about providing free life extension medicine to a bunch of undeserving criminals... That might be a harder sell.

  • Imprisoning criminals is trying to do a few things:
    * punishment for the criminal
    * deterrent for would-be criminals
    * protecting the public from re-offence
    * rehabilitation of prisoners
    Drugs could be used in all these areas?

    • So could whipping, removal of body parts and branding.

    • by Ardyvee (2447206) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:01AM (#46532885)

      I don't think a 1000 years punishments would do much to... rehabilitate prisoners. If anything, it'll break them beyond breaking or turn them into madmen that will be your worst enemy on they get out.

      The idea of "punishment" for a crime makes little sense beyond a certain point. Sure, you want to punish behaviors as a way to reduce them (the same way we punish kids for behaving incorrectly) but there gets a point where going beyond in the scale of punishment is futile and even counter productive, specially because most of the time all you are doing is giving the satisfaction to the victims that somebody is still being punished (paying for what they did), instead of becoming a better person (which should be the aim of jail time but isn't).

      And, on topic: if living for 1000 years for a normal person would usually result in worse than bad results (loss of friends, lack of usual boundaries/inhibitions because you just need to wait), never mind them being locked up (imagine watching the same place and for years at a time, following the same routine over and over again, or in the case of the drug, watching a wall for the equivalent of months at a time)... It'd take a specially strong mind to withstand that and still be functional afterwards. And it's that kind of people that you don't want locked up ever (instead you want them following the law, or for the second option, dead). If you just lock them up, they are going to hate you afterwards for it, if they don't try to escape during sentence.

      • by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:29AM (#46533215) Homepage Journal

        The idea of "punishment" for a crime makes little sense beyond a certain point.

        Amen to that. Only punishments which are proven to reduce crime should ever be implemented. Even the death penalty has never been shown to do that. People don't think they will get caught, or they feel like they have no choices and their life isn't worth living anyway, so who cares if they might be killed? If murdering people for doing things we don't like isn't an effective punishment, that suggests strongly that many of the lesser punishments are ineffective as well. And if you look at our prison population, you might get the distinct impression that indeed the system is not working in the best interest of The People.

  • by Chrisq (894406) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:51AM (#46532753)
    IS she looking to abolish the 18th amendment and the universal declaration of human rights
  • Science has proven punishment doesn't work and this person thinks the answer is extended punishment?

    This is the problem with specialization and non-communication of important findings from one specialty to another.

  • Barbaric (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MasseKid (1294554) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:51AM (#46532759)
    Justice is not an eye for an eye. Justice is not torture. Justice is not becoming what you seek to destroy.
  • by Chrisq (894406) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:54AM (#46532779)
    Iain M Banks takes this to the extreme in Surface Detail. You could have indefinite suffering for almost eternity - as long as your civilisation works on accelerated time.
  • Not useful (Score:5, Insightful)

    by shellster_dude (1261444) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:54AM (#46532783)
    The foremost point of prison is to keep bad individuals where they can't harm the general populace, and to punish them for their actions, with the hope that they will correct their behavior.

    Using a time dilation drug does in lieu of actual time served does nothing to help keep them off the street.
    Using a time dilation drug as well as a normal sentence amounts to psychological torture or near torture, and won't help with any corrective process which might have prevented repeat offense.

    Bottom line: drugs like this have no place in or penal system, regardless of the ethical ramifications of using them on prisoners.
    • Re:Not useful (Score:4, Interesting)

      by pla (258480) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:27AM (#46533185) Journal
      Bottom line: drugs like this have no place in or penal system, regardless of the ethical ramifications of using them on prisoners.

      Our current penal system has no place in our penal system.

      What we have now amounts to a mockery of justice-as-rehabilitation, where we give otherwise-good people multi-year "we need to do something" sentences for obvious accidents (involuntary manslaughter, for example, or virtually all victimless "crimes"). They then come out as actual hardened criminals, far more likely to go on to commit real crimes (one well-studied population, nonviolent drug offenders, come out four times more likely to go on to commit a violent crime than the general population).

      That said, I have to admit that this woman strikes me as likely a dangerous psychopath herself. Sentencing someone to a thousand years of boredom? "A lot of people seem to get out of that punishment by dying"??? Holy shit, woman, what kind of sick fuck would come up with something like that??? And I say that as someone who supports the death penalty, and personally would rather we use straightforward and effective punishments like caning over merely wasting a decade of someone's life on the taxpayer dime.

      But hey, at least you would effectively reduce the cost of prison, since virtually everyone would resort to suicide after their first few "sessions".
  • Oh god (Score:5, Insightful)

    by N1AK (864906) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:54AM (#46532785) Homepage

    Some crimes are so bad they require a really long period of punishment,

    Am I the only the person a little disturbed that we've got scholars focused on the future of punishment coming up with shit like this? We already have ways we could make imprisonment worse, we could torture prisoners incessantly throughout their incarceration but don't because we're trying to show more humanity and restraint than those we lock up... Are they seriously dumb enough to think someone who commits a horrible crime with a 30 year sentence was going to reconsider if they could get an imaginary 60 years or 600 years? Does anyone think that injecting someone with a drug to make them feel like they are somewhere unpleasent for drastically longer is somehow not torture when injecting them with a drug that would cause them pain for a short period of time is?

    I expect this kind of primal bollocks to be popular with the population at large but I'd, perhaps naively, thought that people who were informed and trying to put together a rational case would know better.

    • Am I the only the person a little disturbed that we've got scholars focused on the future of punishment coming up with shit like this?

      Judging by the responses so far, thankfully, no.

  • by CastrTroy (595695) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:56AM (#46532811) Homepage
    What about rehabilitation? Sure some people do bad things, really bad things. But putting them on drugs to make a sentence seem longer isn't going to make them better members of society when they eventually get out. Solitary confinement also makes things seem longer, but eventually they get out and they go right on doing what they did before, because you didn't fix the underlying problem. If you just want them in jail for as long as possible, and don't strive to rehabilitate them, you might as well invoke the death penalty. The point of the justice system shouldn't be just to punish people, but rehabilitate them so they can be more useful members of society.
  • We do this already (Score:5, Insightful)

    by unixcorn (120825) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:57AM (#46532823)

    A convicted felon, even once they serve their sentence, is still a pariah in the US. Their record follows them so they can't get jobs, they are shunned by society and in some cases they are put on lists so neighbors can keep their kids away from them. I think we do a pretty good job of torturing criminals for their entire lives, while we wonder why the recidivism rate is so high. As a caveat, I have to say that our "correctional" institutions probably don't do much real correction so the guys on the lists probably need a watchful eye on them.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    There is a drug called SloMo used to do something just like this.

  • Perhaps use this type of drug to allow a prisoner to serve their twenty year sentence in considerably less "real time". That way they still serve their time and can get out young enough to attempt to contribute to society. I would think that the threat of a 1000 year sentence would scare the crap out of at least some criminals, though not all.
  • Subjective time (your experience of time) is not measurable, so the entire premise of this article doesn't make sense. You can't tell 20 minutes from 21 minutes without a clock, or five days from six days without light cues. Drugs can alter your experience of time, but not in the way suggested. You won't experience one year of being doped up as a hundred years, but as one year of being doped up.

  • Justice isn't about revenge and not even about punishment. Though I see how you could make that mistake in the police state you live in. It's about removing someone who's an ongoing threat to society until such time as they are no longer a threat to society. The fact that it's so often used for revenge and for enslaving entire generations of otherwise-peaceful drug users is an indication that your society is broken. Someone who would come up with an idea like this sounds just as evil as the people they envi
  • Doing it wrong... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by flogger (524072) <non@nonegiven> on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:05AM (#46532917) Journal
    Use this pill on Friday night and make the weekend seem like it last for 5 years instead of 20 minutes.
    Maybe I could give it to my spouse before sex.
  • by kairu (879636) <kyperkinsNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday March 20, 2014 @08:10AM (#46532969) Homepage
    While reading this article, I find it hard to believe that "Roache says when she began researching this topic, she was thinking a lot about Daniel Pelka". Not to insult the inspiration, but it seems like a lot of other sci-fi related shows have already covered this. The one that is on the top of my mind is "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" ("Hard Time", Season 2, Episode 25) where Miles O'Brien's mind has been altered to create memories of being incarcerated for 20 years on an alien world on charges of espionage and sedition.

    Isn't this basically the same thing (except, you know, for actual criminals)?

    Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... [wikipedia.org]
  • by BrendaEM (871664) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @10:01AM (#46534371) Homepage

    I do not believe in punishment. I feel that punishment is the victim's mantra. I feel that a government's first job is the prevention of crime.

    One theory is that harsh punishment will prevent crime, as if some jealous person will consider that when they find their spouse in bed with someone else, or some poor staving person or meth-addicted person will consider that before robbing a store, or after the police still won't do anything about the neighbors they will just think of the punishment before they just let bygones be bygones.

    Instead we ask our police officers, our lawyers, our scientists, and intimately, we ask our lawmakers to be our agents for revenge.

  • by jasonbrown (142035) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @10:01AM (#46534375) Homepage
    Disgusting new form of torture invented. WAKE UP HUMANITY - We need to focus on the good not another way to hurt each other.
  • Inception? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Fnord666 (889225) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @10:19AM (#46534553) Journal

    Like something out of the movie Inception...

    If you're going to use a movie reference, there's a much better one out there. The movie Dredd revolved around a new drug called 'Slo-Mo', which caused a time dilation effect in users identical to the effect described in the article.

  • by hoggoth (414195) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @12:34PM (#46536205) Journal

    Why would we do this?

    What does anyone gain by making the convict experience 1,000 years of mental torture? It doesn't improve the victim's life. It doesn't stop others from committing crimes. It doesn't do anything productive or helpful. It is just torture for the sake of revenge. It is stupid and sadistic.

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