I wouldn’t use the word absurd but I absolutely would use unconvincing. How is there not ONE actual alternative offered in an article about alternatives to prisons? If the author couldn’t think of any, then perhaps the question in the headline has been answered.
Don’t take me wrong. I clicked the article because I was genuinely interested in hearing a convincing argument for abolishing prisons. The only thing I got out of it is that prisons as currently implemented in the US are pretty broken, which is not particularly shocking news. I haven’t read the book linked in the article (Are Prisons Obsolete?) but on a quick google search, there doesn’t seem to be much of a solution offered there either. So I’m mostly just disappointed, is the thing.