Although I’m sure they didn’t know that it would be one of the last two episodes in the series or that MSNBC would end up burying the show at 5am in the morning, this morning’s Ethical Edge: Crime and Punishment was by far the best of the series. Aside from dissecting a necessary and frequently glossed over subject, this was the first show in the series to show a split panel at several points, the biggest being a back and forth between Father Thomas Williams and Rabbi Edward Cohn over hate as a crime while host Chris Jansing wisely sat back and let the discussion play itself out. One wonders how this morning’s June taped program would have played out if it had been taped in the past week given what happened with John Mark Karr and the Nancy Grace/Melinda Duckett incident.
I received an email from a viewer who apparently mistakenly thought ICN was part of the program and wanted to comment on the show…
I just happened to wake up early Sunday, September 25, 2006 and caught your segment on rehabilitating people who are serving in prison. It was an indepth, insightful, hopeful, and realistic look at the entire situation - from the unbelievable increase in prison populations (most of which represents young kids getting arrested for drug or paraphanalia-related crimes) to the day-to-day life of prisoners being told what to eat, when to sit, when to stand, when to sleep, etc. These kids come out of jail/prison thousands of dollars in debt to the “system,” which obviously does not work in the best interests of society and according to HUMAN standards/terms.
This is a show that has been long overdue.
Thank you for doing it.