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A University of Virginia activist group called UVA Students United this past weekend protested against and caused to be shut down a fraternity party that had a cops and robbers theme.  Why? Because the partygoers' costumes "made a joke of mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex, systems that disproportionately brutalize people of color."


Even in an era of heightened sensitivity, this one is hard to fathom.  In a statement posted to the group's Facebook page, the activists took to task the fraternity and its guests for being "willing to make a joke of systems that kill and brutalize marginalized communities."
I'm sorry, am I missing something? On the totem pole of importance, I would have to think that protecting inmates from hurt feelings has to rank pretty low. 
There is a longstanding debate as to the purpose of incarceration.  Is it to punish or to rehabilitate?  Numerous studies have shown that the rate of recidivism by federal parolees is…

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