Vol. 7

A.E. WEISGERBER
The Actuarials

 

Characters:

Dr. Peng Ripshaw, The Incarcerator

Dr. Vernon Stackpole, The Rehabilitator

※, The Regressor

Scene:

February 2028, Mindcast via The PubPol ClinX Roundtable, Cleveland OH and Davos, Switzerland

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(Screens flare and flicker)

Ripshaw: A diagnosis is called for …

Stackpole: Do you mean penal? perhaps remedial?

PR: I mean machine-like. Simple computations, basic assumptions

※: I can globally harness strategic infrastructures.

VS: But, criminals are not random samples. They are poorer, physically and mentally.

PR: Thus, criminal law enforcement requires mandatory sentencing.

VS: And sentencing enhancements?

PR: Punishment consists of the deprivation of liberty. Criminals must be incapacitated for long periods of time. Rehabilitation is expensive.

PR: So are the Arts.

PR: And look what has happened to the Arts. Shaken out of an upside-down public pocketbook like old gum wrappers. Focus. It’s expensive to look at social, familial, and neighborhood backgrounds.

VS: And, so, there are competing calculations.

PR: And bureaucracies to manage crime. Numbers allow for aggregation.

※: I can grow next-generation values.

PR: Yes. Probability and risk.

VS: A man stands in court. A woman. Sentencing terminates in a judge’s intellect.

※: I can actualize competing data sets.

PR: Individual treatment is expensive, and prior criminal history is quantifiable and efficient. A place with a low crime rate is likely to continue having a low crime rate. The numbers show it.

VS: It was statistics, after all, that demonstrated at the turn of the twentieth century that love follows psychological laws.

※: Quantitative psychology leaves me nonplussed.

PR: Say what you will, at the turn of the twenty-first century it was clear we must either profile habitual offenders …

VS: Perhaps many are too habitual for three-strikes-and-you’re-out

PR: Drug mules? border smugglers? Man-slaughterers? Intoxicated teens? Does it matter if it is a short-barreled temperament or a semi-automatic premeditation?

VS: Circumstance is indifferent to small numbers

PR: The smallest being one.

VS: Statistics are the silencer.

PR: Numbers are our savior.

※: I will proactively promote sustainable storage.

(A door closes quietly on a soft hinge)

(A soft thud)

(A soft thud)

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