Prisons should be used to contain politicians to make this a safer world for all
Well not all politicians , but most of them.
You make an excellent point Counciltucky, (paragraphs next time, though, please). I think it depends upon the nature of the crime. If were talking about non-violent drug offenses, 99% of those people should have the opportunity for rehabilitation. Did you know that it costs $20,000 to $50,000 a year to feed, clothe, and house an inmate? Of course, we also turn ordinary people into criminals since marijuana is Schedule I (lol). Give me a break.
Much of our prisons are indeed a "revolving-door" system. Someone commits a crime, goes to jail, is released into the same conditions, now probably just more pissed at the world and the system, commits the same crime, goes to jail, etc.
For thieves, wouldn't it be more effective to have a cohesive exit strategy (job skills, employment) than to send them back into the poverty that no doubt caused them to commit the crime in the first place?
I do feel that most murderers - certainly the ones whose murders were premeditated - should be punished. As it is now, a lot of them get less jail time than the drug offenders! Can you explain that to me?
prison obviously isn't a deterrent, so we should make it a deterrent. Rehab obviously does not work, as 70% of criminals released from prison re-offend, so 70% of the money spent on rehab is wasted. I say make it 100% punishment, and if you are one of the 30% who can be reformed, then tough, you shouldnt have comitted the crime in the first place
I really don't feel that creating more prisons is going to solve this problem. There are unjust laws as there are unjust men. There will always be criminals - but if you examine the conditions and actions that lead to the particular crime and subsequent imprisonment, you can work towards preventing it from happening in the future.
Just because something is illegal doesn't necessary make it so that people who don't abide the law should be turned into social outcasts, at the people's expense.
Prisons don't seem to work all that well. We ought to copy singapore, give the person a fair trial, cane them, and send them on their way. It's cheaper and appears to be more effective.
Yeah I agree herzog (and how often does THAT happen?!) -- but someone will claim that it's "cruel and unusual punishment." It won't be unusual if it's used as a standard punishment, and as for cruel, that's kind of a vague concept -- what one thinks is cruel someone else may think is just fine.
Confining someone to a tiny cell in an environment where they could be raped or killed seems cruel to me.
Lots of valid point, Counciltucky. My impression is that prisons create more problems than they solve.
It seems to me that when we send someone to prison, we want to accomplish two mutually-exclusive goals: We want convicts punished (hurt for hurting us) and rehabilitated (made better than they were when we sent them to prison). It seems something like trying to teach someone a foreign language while you torture them with thumbscrews throughout the process. Can't imagine anyone learning much under such circumstances. So, as bad as we want to get revenge against a malefactor, we must realize that we can't have it both ways.
From a strictly practical point of view, we need to realize that it costs about 30K to keep a person in prison, and if we keep up with the decline of rehabilitation and increase of punitive prisons, we will reap the whirlwind. Let's move toward psychotherapy, good vocational trainings, and secondary, and post-secondary education. I would expect much better outcomes from this course.
No one approach is a panacea, but rehabilitation is better for the convict, and for us in the long term.
Thanks for your ballot.
Create a develis island like France did years ago. Drop them off there and let them live or die amongst themselves.
Voted : 50% rehabilitation, 50% punishment.
it should be used for both becaes every body deserves a sacond chance
yall are crazy prison does not teach people to be worse criminals it teaches them that things can be what you make of them and if you deside to be a criminal then you are going to pay the price our juditial system does exacly wha it should do