Originally Posted by Mass10mm
Empty all the prisons. Every felony is punished by public execution. Immediately upon conviction - no appeal. Every misdemeanor is punished by whipping. Immediately. Use the cash savings to increase the number of law enforcement personnel. Train and arm them like regular army. Nothing promotes a compliant populace like dozens of heavily armed personnel on every intersection! I saw that in eastern Europe in the mid 60's. People there were polite and docile.
I tell you what.
Try that out in Boston first and let us know how it goes.
BTW, this website give a list of the 20 most common felonies (2009 data).
Per your criteria, there would have been a one year total of over 10 million immediate public executions in a population of 309 million people. About 1 in 30. Morality aside, good luck with that. This is not an unarmed populous like Eastern Europe.