View Poll Results: Should criminals be released(no prison)if rehabilitation came in the form of a pill?

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  • They should still serve out what ever punishment they were handed.

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  • They should be released after taking the pill.

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Thread: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill...........................

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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    They should still serve their sentence, then be released to live normal lives. Unless of course the pill wears off after awhile.

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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    They should serve the sentence as punishment for the crime.
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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    It would eliminate deterrence, period.
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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    Imprisonment or whatever other penalty deemed necessary by the courts, is a debt to society that is being paid by the criminal. Just being rehabilitated doesn't pay that debt, although I'd be the first one to say that rehabilitation should be one of the requirements for all criminals to be released.

    Being sorry doesn't make it all better, sorry. If you're sentenced to 10 years, you should serve 10 years and when you get out, you ought to be able to make your own way in the world and be a productive member of society.
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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Lets say if it was possible to rehabilitate every criminal and make them feel remorse with a single pill and there were no chances of relapses,should criminals be given the pill and released immediately back into society/not have to serve out a punishment or should they still serve out what ever punishment the courts gave them

    I believe rehabilitation is one of the goals of the prison system,but not a priority.Punishment is the main priority of the justice system,deterrence of criminal activity is the second priority.
    Wait...so if they took the pill, they wouldn't be criminals and wouldn't recommit a crime? Well I guess in that context, yeah don't throw them in jail. In fact, it would seem that we wouldn't need jails at that point. The thing that really worries me is that pill itself.
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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Think about it for a second - if you simply got the pill and were released, why on earth would you not break the law until you got caught?

    If you hated someone, you could murder them knowing that even if you got caught you'd just get the pill and be back out on the street tomorrow. You'd be back out there and they'd be out of the way. Civil damages don't make up for that, especially if the perpetrator is poor.

    Similarly, everyone would try to rob/steal. If you get away, you've got the money. If not, oh well, you're back on the street without any civil damages to speak of.
    Certainly. That's why I applauded the post some pages back where someone noted that the pill would have to be combined with some kind of serious effort at reparation-- it doesn't have to pay back society for the harm inflicted, it just has to hurt the perpetrator more than the crime was worth to them. And, given the conditions of the hypothetical, it would seem that anyone who took the pill would be eager to make such reparations even if they were onerous.

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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    Pill plus savage beatings = win.

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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Pill plus savage beatings = win.
    Have to give them the pill first, though. So they think they deserve the beatings.

    Even better if the pill causes them to forget the crime.

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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Have to give them the pill first, though. So they think they deserve the beatings.

    Even better if the pill causes them to forget the crime.
    Forgetting the crime itself, while remembering that they committed a crime and want to be punished for it would be optimal.

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    Re: If it was possible to rehabilitate criminals with one pill.......................

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Have to give them the pill first, though. So they think they deserve the beatings.

    Even better if the pill causes them to forget the crime.
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