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    Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    Should the goal of our justice system be punishment or rehabilitation of criminals? The number of prisoners has been drastically rising. It's expensive to incarcerate individuals, and I personally believe we would have a better society and a more productive justice system if rehabilitation took precedence over raw punishment. What do you think is more important? Please explain
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    Re: Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    I think a good question is why are we throwing people into jail so often and for what. We do have one of the highest incarceration rates of any of the industrialized nations, either we have well more criminals or we are overzealous at throwing people into jail.

    As for punishment/rehabilitation I think it depends really on the crime. Punishment is, of course, one of the primary reasons for jail. The entire purpose is to separate out people who have shown the desire to act against the rights of others from the rest of society, thus protecting the rest of us from those who would act violently against us. But it is possible to also have rehabilitation for those who choose/can be. The draw of including rehabilitation is that if you can do it, when you release someone back into society they'd be less likely to commit crimes.
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    Re: Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Should the goal of our justice system be punishment or rehabilitation of criminals?
    Punishment, how can you rehabilitate a pedophile, or forgive a murder?
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    Re: Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alfons View Post
    Punishment, how can you rehabilitate a pedophile, or forgive a murder?
    I believe that everyone deserves a chance. However, in the name of justice punishment should be severe for some crimes like rape and murder. My point is that our jails are too full, too many people are being incarcerated for petty crimes and I believe in most cases and for most crimes that rehabilitation would be best.
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    Re: Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    Rehabilitation definitely, especially for the people who are in there for non-violent drug crimes, which make up alot of the prison pop, and are constantly in and out of jail, rehabilitation could definitely help them.
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    Re: Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Rehabilitation definitely, especially for the people who are in there for non-violent drug crimes, which make up alot of the prison pop, and are constantly in and out of jail, rehabilitation could definitely help them.
    TBH, I wouldn't throw non-violent drug offenders into jail in the first place. It's a waste of space and money. Fine them heavily, give them a lot of community service and you're good to go. In CO we had a prison population problem, we eventually threw out all the non-violent drug offenders. There were no negative repercussions.
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    Re: Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    Both.

    I am for rehabilitation, not because I necessarily think they 'deserve' a chance, but because I believe the rest of society needs for them to be rehabilitated to make society safer. If they can't be rehabilitated, then we probably shouldn't be letting them out at all. Whether rehabilitation consists of simply making them regret their actions and not wish to return to jail because it is so awful, or we actively seek to rehabilitate through counseling, classes, life work skills training, higher education or whatever. I don't care what we choose, whatever works best to cause them to become law abiding, I am for.

    I am for punishment because I believe it serves as a deterrent to marginal people who are tempted to commit crime, when they see that they might have to go someplace terrible. I also believe that society has the right to take well considered forms of revenge (as a group, not as individuals). And, as noted before, it might serve useful in the mix of things that we use for rehabilitation.

    Rehabilitation vs Punishment is not, should not be, mutually exclusive.
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    Re: Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    Depends on the person and the nature of the crime.

    Buddy of mine worked in correctionals for 35 years, he reckons there's no curing the rapists or the pedos.

    But honestly depends on the crime, if a man, who otherwise has lived a good life, never hurt anyone, comes home to find his wife in bed with another man... And he kills them.

    I think someone like that can be rehabilitated, because it was a crime of passion, and he isn't really a threat to others IMO

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    Re: Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    My point is that our jails are too full, too many people are being incarcerated for petty crimes and I believe in most cases and for most crimes that rehabilitation would be best.
    The small criminals should to pay more money as strafe, the severe ones to be incarcerated, but murders, child molesters, rappers etc. should face the death sentence.
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    Re: Punishment or Rehabilitation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    TBH, I wouldn't throw non-violent drug offenders into jail in the first place. It's a waste of space and money. Fine them heavily, give them a lot of community service and you're good to go. In CO we had a prison population problem, we eventually threw out all the non-violent drug offenders. There were no negative repercussions.
    I agree with this, with a caveat being that if you are a repeat offender you have to go through a rehab program outside of prison, but as the laws stand, I think that would best help the situation.
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