Rioters have been punished for the havoc they wrought in the summer of 2020 — but not enough.
NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t is a good thing to see serious jail time given to major, visible participants in the January 6 Capitol riot. Exemplary crimes require exemplary punishment. The core of the criminal-justice system is vindicating crimes that harm particular victims. But some crimes — such as riots, terrorism, hate crimes, and attacks on core democratic and rule-of-law processes such as trials, elections, and legislative votes — also do harm to the public at large and to the social order.