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Rehabilitation or Retribution ?

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What exactly do we want from our justice system ?    Seems there are two sides to this argument -  (a) that prison is a punishment for a crime and therefore should require the loss of one's freedom for the full sentence laid down by a Judge or (b) that locking people up without preparing them to rejoin society as a useful and contributing entity. just means returning criminals back into society.  It would seem that option (a) would require more investment in the amount of prison space, while option (b) would require more investment in education, training and support services. So either way more tax-payer's money.   Another option of course would be to reduce the number of people committing crimes in the first place, which suggests a massive cultural change in attitudes and respect for law and order,  which is a question for society as whole and our educational and parenting skills.   Following recent and ongoing events in London, it's clear that some crimes and some criminals don't warrant or don't respond to rehabilitation, thus strengthening the argument for "throwing away the key".   As for lesser crimes, perhaps we should view prisons as re-education centres, even call it brainwashing if you like,  with the objective of turning out reformed characters.  The Jury is still out.

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I think to go down the re-education route we would need to become a clandestine state like China or North Korea. The fact remains that no matter how much a person appears to have changed no one ,no matter how good an inquisitor, can know that person's innermost thoughts. Education in their formative years is the secret.

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We don’t need more prisons or more cost to the public we just need to change the way that the system works. Anyone that ends up in prison should be made to suffer to the point that they absolutely wouldn’t want to go back. Do this and you could have shorter sentences, so more cells available and less staff needed.

 

Bill 😊

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1 hour ago, Bill said:

We don’t need more prisons or more cost to the public we just need to change the way that the system works. Anyone that ends up in prison should be made to suffer to the point that they absolutely wouldn’t want to go back. Do this and you could have shorter sentences, so more cells available and less staff needed.

 

Bill 😊

Is there something wrong with me? I have never wanted to go to prison ever, never mind never wanting to go back!

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