NBA punishment and rehabilitation muddled | Good Word with Goodwill

In the recent examples of Draymond Green and Ja Morant, Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill and Andscape's David Dennis Jr. debate how the NBA indicates recovery through punishment. 

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comeback of Draymond Green. Your great column focused on Draymond Green and Ja Morant and our obsession with punishment and punishment culture.

I almost think it's related to how we view the jail or prison system. Are we scared about players getting back on the floor and entertaining us because they've tarnished the league's image?

Or should we want to make them better persons and citizens, which is more complicated? You seem to be saying, "Hey, guys, let's be honest about what we want."

David Dennis Jr.: We're obsessed with punishment culture, right? And that's directly related to the prison-industrial complex because you have to convince people that sending people to jail is a social good, right?

Convincing people that it's a public good requires convincing them that it's part of rehabilitation, since they walk out of jail a new person, right?

We've learnt otherwise. You don't significantly change someone's socioeconomic level when they leave jail. You're not altering their outlook or behavior. You're scaring them and making them more likely to go back to jail. 

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