Could we let the mob decide parole?
USA Today - 12/08/2016
Imagine if you will, as the late Rod Serling used to say in his prelude to episodes of The Twilight Zone, a world in which popular opinion rules. Imagine a society in which America votes to determine not only the best singer, the top model, the fanciest dancer and the funniest comic, but the winners of far more serious contests as well.
How whimsical would it be to create reality TV series for making weighty decisions in criminal matters — to determine, for example, the fate of defendants in court or prisoners seeking parole release? It would be like Judge Judy, but with the verdict left up to the television audience, along the lines of the hit series American Idol.