Our latest Freakonomics broadcast episode is known as sex that is“Making Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay.” (it is possible to sign up for the podcast at iTunes or somewhere else, have the feed, or pay attention through the news player above. You may also see the transcript, which include credits for the songs you’ll notice in the episode.)
The gist with this episode: certain, intercourse crimes are horrific, and also the perpetrators deserve to harshly be punished. But culture keeps costs that are exacting out-of-pocket and otherwise — long after the jail phrase happens to be served.
This episode had been motivated (as much of our most useful episodes are) by an email from the podcast listener. Their name is Jake Swartz:
And so I just completed my M.A. in forensic therapy at John Jay and started an internship in a brand new city … we spend the majority of my times getting together with lovely individuals like rapists and pedophiles. Inside my internship, we primarily do treatment (both group and person) with convicted intercourse offenders also it made me recognize being truly an intercourse offender is just an idea that is terrible independent of the apparent reasons). It is economically disastrous! I believe it could be interesting to pay for the economics to be an intercourse offender.
We assumed that by “economically disastrous,” Jake ended up being mostly speaking about sex-offender registries, which constrain a intercourse offender’s choices after getting away from jail (including where he or she can live, work, etc.). But once we accompanied up with Jake, we discovered he was talking about a entire other pair of expenses paid by convicted intercourse offenders. And we also thought that as disturbing as this subject might be for some people, it could indeed be interesting to explore the economics to be a sex offender — and so it might inform us one thing more generally speaking about how precisely US culture considers criminal activity and punishment. Continue reading “Making Sex Offenders Pay — and Pay and Pay and Pay”