So, for quite a while the dominant paradigm in criminal justice has been one of "crime and punishment". Why not use positive reinforcement?
I remain skeptical of the presented statistics:
According to Clapham, youth recidivism was reduced from 60% to 8%. Overall crime was reduced by 40%. Youth crime was cut in half. And it cost one-tenth of the traditional judicial system."
but the overall idea still seems like it would actually work.
It seems to me that humans respond much better to Skinner boxes than they do to punishment; I think Scott would agree, given his Skinner box obsession. At the very least, the fact we are using such a limited set of the techniques psychology gives us for social control should give us pause.