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angiecrosby2
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gamefire
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prisons should focus on rehabilitation

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/3/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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angiecrosby2

Pro

should they or should prisoners suffer the consequences?
gamefire

Con

A bit of both. People need to be punished for their actions as ultimately they control what they do but I think (limited and minimal tax costing) resources should be provided to help prisoners get their life back on track.
Debate Round No. 1
angiecrosby2

Pro

I think that prisons should focus on rehabilitation because most of the people who are in prison have committed a crime because of some sort of mental disability issue, addiction or childhood abuse.

Retribution has mostly no affect on prisoners other then lowering the criminal's attitude toward change in a positive manner and it eventually leads them to committing more crimes. Prison in a negative, non-learning environment will create more problems.

Rehabilitation will offer help with addictions, help with their mental disabilities or deal with any problems that may have caused them to commit the crimes that put them in jail.

People who become criminals by random, or premeditated acts of violence, or who become criminals even for lesser charges, are people who need help & direction. We should follow Norway's example & move to actually rehabilitate rather than treat those incarcerated like animals. By being treated like animals, people become animals. Just like anything else in life, we are products of our environment. In prison, a person is, in most cases, treated as though he/she is subhuman. I have seen too many come out of prison completely changed in every negative way by the years spent away and, of course, end up back on the inside before too long. If they are actually rehabilitated during their time away, and they are not thrown back into society unequipped for even day to day functions upon their release, it is a no-brainer that they have a better chance not to re-offend!

You are the prisoners. The prosecution of criminals hasn't been very productive toward improving society, although it has improved profit for large private corporations. In order to correct the crime rate we must first look at the source of their actions. We have to look at how that said criminal was conditioned to turn to crime. Past and present history, and the influences around them. Our justice system isn't built on moral standards anymore.Prisons aren't run by our government, but by private organizations. These companies gain profit by the amount of prisoners are incarcerated. Sure it's true that we are seeing a drop in crime rates, but because the law enforcement authorities are arresting citizens under false pretenses for profit. There have been many court cases where innocent citizens have been accused for false evidence. The justice system only works when someone goes to prison for a crime they never committed. Most people are good.

A focus on the rehabilitation of current incarcerated and new prisoners would improve a society. This is already proven with Norway's prisons. They have the most humane prisons in the world. If our prisons created an environment where humans could interact without violence then they would be able to function positively, and eventually reintegrated into our society. Even those who are incarcerated for heinous crime such as murder or rape, should still be treated in a humane way. Criminals are people too, and they aren't born this way. Their brains are influenced by outside sources. Through negative influence from others, events, and the very programs on television. Find the source and remove or correct it for future generations to promote acceptable behavior. To think that these people aren't vital to humanity is thinking like the criminal.

The entire economy is based on the monetary system. This has been shown that this is system only works for those that are in power of our nation. Because in the end of the day, they are only doing it for the profit. We have been blinded by true moral rights by corporate empires who don't give a damn about you. They try diligently to sell you useless crap you don't need. The news media has accustomed you toward consuming endlessly and pumped you full of fear and still wonder why we have one of the most highest incarceration and crime rates on earth. You give up your rights for security, because you think those in power with authority are here for the protection of your family and others. Wake up, This endless squealer of ignoring others and incarcerating them for profit is immoral.

Rehabilitation of these broken minds seems like a more positive way towards society.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, humans will know peace.
-Jimi Hendrix
gamefire

Con

We can't always just waste our money on rehab. You do the crime you do the time, you obviously damaged society to land in jail and that's a punishable offense. I won't have society even further damaged finance wise just because they couldn't use some self control. We can't just baby people and if they get any help in jail it should be of the lowest cost so the point of society taking a hit and keeping it under control is enforced.
Debate Round No. 2
angiecrosby2

Pro

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gamefire

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Debate Round No. 3
angiecrosby2

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gamefire

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Debate Round No. 4
angiecrosby2

Pro

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gamefire

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by angiecrosby2 3 years ago
angiecrosby2
Punishment inherently recognizes the criminal as a moral agent. I would not criticize an elephant for stepping on my foot and causing immense pain, for the elephant is not a moral agent. However, if you step on my foot, and intentionally cause pain, I have the right to criticize you since you are a human, moral agent. The severity of the pain inflicted on individuals and society as a whole, by criminals, determines the severity of the punishment they receive, to correct their actions. Retribution is the only penal response that respects the criminal as a person. When he or she has been morally censured, we are saying to the criminal that his or her choices are respected as choices of an autonomous moral agent"an agent who could have and should have acted differently.
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