Look though at the percentages: 341 people in Minnesota is not a lot of people. It's doubtful that any amount of law enforcement could have stopped that. There are that many murders in Minneapolis between Senate elections, and the police can't stop all of them. Maybe if Coleman had been a better Senator when he was there, it would have been different. As it was, he was only elected in the first place because his opponent was killed in a plane crash before the election.
But yeah, it's only because of felons.
Veni. Vidi. Vici.
-Gaius Julius Caesar
The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
I think THE ONLY point of jail is rehabilitation. I think our jails should engage in brainwashing and send all our extreme criminals to first be extensively brainwashed for years tills they can function as a part of our military. The "punishment" is giving up your rights to live as a citizen, because you broke the rules. It's not the governments place to Morally judge or condemn someone but to exclude the dangerous person from society and hopefully one day re-administering (depending on the severity) into society as a functional citizen. The government judges based on the crime how long it would take for the individual to be in, what procedures that need to be taken, and whether the citizen will ever be able to go back into regular society.
If a harsh criminal stays in solitary confinement and has a tape playing over and over for months saying "i will be a good citizen", and further lists laws and the constitution. I think he'll be rehabilitated
It is completely baffling that anyone would think that rehabilitation should not be part of the mix. Think it through: if we aren't interested in trying to rehabilitate them, yet we are going to release them, then we are intentionally releasing people we have made no effort to rehabilitate... That is, people who are still dangerous. Now, admittedly, this is the madness that is the current paradigm, but really, it is nevertheless baffling.
If anyone on here who has said they don't care about rehabilitation later says they were victimized by a repeat offender, I do wonder if I should feel any sympathy. To be clear, I would still want the criminal behind bars, to protect others, but it is really stupid to be against rehabilitation and then have an expectation that society will be safer.
You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.
The incarceration system is increasingly about cheap labor for private industry. There are more laws now for crimes than at any other time in our country's short history.
Rehabilitation is good but I don't think it's enough. I'm a fan of restorative justice. It's not just about individuals but entire communities. Crime starts as a thought practice within the social fabric before it ever manifests as an act. If we really want to change the status of crime we have to change the minds of communities.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
Both. Prison must do three things. It must punish the guilty, protect society and prepare the criminal for an eventual return to society. If it doesn't do all three, then prison isn't the proper place for the individual to be.