This week on RealClear Radio Hour, professors Stephanos Bibas and Donald Boudreaux discuss injustice in the plea bargain system and the dangers of the dismal science.
Up first is Stephanos Bibas, professor of law and criminology at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, former federal prosecutor, and author of The Machinery of Criminal Justice. He advocates openness and consistency to reform the criminal justice bureaucracy. Bibas faults pervasive plea bargaining for the system’s game-like illegitimacy. He proposes repealing the ban on prison work in order to reduce recidivism and incentivize work, while maintaining relationships with families and employers.
My second guest this week, Donald J. Boudreaux, professor of economics at George Mason University and blogger at Café Hayek, breaks down top economic insights and misconceptions on inequality, labor, and trade. Boudreaux credits a favorable attitude shift toward innovation over the past 200 years for the vast improvements in prosperity during that time. He argues that inequality has narrowed and increasing access to wealth, health, and technology has enabled ordinary people today to live better than the richest a century ago.
You can hear the discussion by listening to the full show as-aired on iTunes, or you can check out the podcasts hosted on YouTube and SoundCloud. Make sure to check back next week for another episode of RealClear Radio Hour.