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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Capital-Labour Substitution:
Cuff the Kids

Kip Esquire has posted several items recently about the hand-cuffing of young children by law enforcement officials. Here is one of them. I share his view that hand-cuffing children seems draconian.

At the same time, I have seen young children [not mine!] get waaayyyy out of control and become extremely abusive and destructive. They can be restrained by an adult, but if labour is expensive, and if labour faces a possible threat of a lawsuit for physically abusing the children, it might be economically efficient to use handcuffs instead of humans to restrain the children.

As some law-enforcement officials use hand-cuffs on young children unreasonably, the costs of doing so will increase, via lawsuits. At this point, officials will have to make sure they have well-established guidelines for cuffing kids.
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