Is public shame an appropriate means of punishing criminal offenders?

  • Shame with a support program

    I feel Shame as a punishment for minor crimes can be effective, especially if the person has a name or wants to keep their name respectable. There must be limits, no doubt. A support program afterwards reinforces that the person with real life strategies to not offend again. It surely is a very low cost program to implement. The idea is not to lower self esteem but to give reasonable consequences to stop the action. If the person is incarcerated, doesn't that hurt their self esteem? Locked up and no freedom? Fines imposed, hit them in the pocket, works too. But, those who do not have money already will end up being incarcerated for it in the long run. I think shame and a program is the most sound and effective choice.

  • For a Lesson.

    Public shaming will teach this bad drivers and criminal offenders to stop wrong doings. This will serve as an eye opener to them. Numerous individuals think shaming bad motorists is a good idea and more appear to be warming to the idea. A municipal court in Cleveland, Ohio, recently ordered a woman shamed for driving on the sidewalk to bypass a bus. Read more here:

  • Shame can be a deterrent of crime to be committed in the future

    Most of people don't really like shame, when a criminal is put to shame, this act may prevent other people from committing the same crime because of the fear of being put to shame. Shame can be seen as a preventive measure to stop crime for being committed by a potential criminal.

  • Very Effective Method

    If a child wore short shorts, and you specifically told them not to, yet they disobeyed, would you want to punish them? Of course! The dad could go make his own short shorts and publicly embarrass his own daughter. It teaches the child to obey, and is a humorous experience for the rest of us.

  • Very effective form of punishment

    Children are so conscious of how their peers perceive them that they would be willing to do anything to look cool. Anything that detracts from this image is detrimental to their "coolness." Because this practice could very easily become emotionally and psychologically scarring, parents employing this method of punishment need to tread very carefully with regards to how they go about this punishment. Anyone can say not to cross the line, but who is to say where the line should be drawn?

  • The public needs to know the truth

    In an era where information is easily accessible, it is likely that the if the criminal applies for a job, then their records will be searched. Also, if the public are given a report without a name, then the charge being made sounds societal. For example, if a murder takes place at a train station and no name is given, the problem will seem more societal than individual; a scaremongering tactic commonly employed by the media. By providing the name and details, the community can be more understanding.

  • The Old Days.

    In the wold days, the punishment was more shameful then harsh, criminals were tied down and thrown food at, making them dead it, even if it doesn't work, it would still get peoples anger of out and we would have less to worry about, therefore, public shame is a good source of punishment

  • Pay for your crimes

    People need to learn that if you break the rules of society, you have to pay for it. What is a better way than punishing them in front of people who live in their community. This will make crime levels go down because people will be afraid of being embaressed infront of well known people.

  • All for it.

    By causing a mental feeling of shame for committing the crime it will affect their mental state when considering to do it the next time and it is a humane form of discipline. I think stocks would be a great thing to re institute in North America again to stop tax dollars towards overcrowded jails and as a more effective preventative.

  • Yes, as long as it is not too extreme

    Our Constitution forbids punishment that is cruel and unusual, so as long as the public shaming is limited -- like holding a sign or having to do some undesirable work -- then it is acceptable. But the shaming should not be some kind of prolonged state of public humiliation, as this would only lead to resentment rather than reflection.

  • What is this teaching onlookers?

    No one is perfect. So to decide to publicly humiliate someone for their faults whether unlawful, immoral, or otherwise calls more fault to the prosecutor for they are not perfect themselves. I feel this technique of punishment teaches onlookers to copy what they see... Finding fault in others and exposing them?! Where would it end? Is that what we want our children to do to their peers, or their parents or a stranger? Of course not. It makes me think of children on a playground, where one child is being pointed at and laughed at for being bullied about not passing a class and being required to take summer school. It's rude and plain bad manners. And I'm sure this is illegal. There's a great little book called "How To Win Friends And Influence People" by Dale Carnegy, that is filled with history of human behavior of what work and does not work. Principle #1. Never criticize anyone. It simply does not work and makes one defensive rather then receptive. Enjoy the book.

  • Public shame is not a good influence to the surrounding people.

    While public shame affects the criminal mentally, it does not help the witnessing group either. Many people, including children, will start to have a belief or mentality that supports public humiliation. People, especially witnessing children, can start to think that it is acceptable to humiliate regular people on a regular basis. Most children who witness violence at a young age continue to have wet dreams when older. This can be a result if the humiliation involves any sort of violence or psychological disturbing scenes

  • No Due Process

    Public Humiliation of criminal offenders is considered illegal by law and human rights, and it lacks due process. The person is deprived of his right to live and free will, and thus, such form of persecution is against human rights. Therefore, this is a revenge in a form of bestial justice.

  • Shame can be a deterrent of crime to be committed in the future

    Most of people don't really like shame, when a criminal is put to shame, this act may prevent other people from committing the same crime because of the fear of being put to shame. Shame can be seen as a preventive measure to stop crime for being committed by a potential criminal.

  • No it is not.

    Public shame will lead to more problems than solutions. It is a terrible way to punish anyone, even criminals. It will lead to people who are seriously offended by what that person did getting mad and harassing them. It could start a bunch of attacks on that criminal, and maybe even lead to riots and such.

  • Public Shaming Causes Many Problems

    Public Shame can cause psychological and moral problems. Losing self confidence while developing mental stress. Cause Depression
    Shame is at the root of low self-esteem. People who feel shame feel bad about who they are. This differs from feelings of guilt, which are related to thoughts, feelings, and actions. Those who experience the pain of shame have negative erroneous beliefs about their inherent abilities and worth. Large doses of unhealthy guilt can cause one to feel shame and its negative effects.Social abilities are impeded when one feels burdened by shame. A person may have a pattern of avoiding social interactions, which can lead to lack of development of social skills. They may avoid intimacy with others and have only superficial relationships, which deteriorate in times of stress. Isolation and loneliness are serious consequences of shame. Self-condemning attitudes and negative self-talk reinforce the shame and ultimately lead to self-loathing and self-sabotaging behavior.People who harbor feelings of shame often find that their significant relationships support their ongoing experience of low self-worth.

  • If you had a choice.

    Why would you want to humiliate yourself by letting the whole world know your business in the first place? Some minor infractions commit can be resolved by such, community services, and attending classes that provide your "cup of tea."

    Retaliation is one of the most dire consequences when feeling humiliated.

  • Shaming is not punishing criminals

    Shaming is not punishing criminals!Giving people shaming gets them of easy. If you committed a crime you should do the time, not stand out side and hold a sign. Shaming should stay dead. The only good part about shaming back in the day was that you could throw rocks at the person. During this day and age, with all the yuppie people and "lets hold hands and sing Kumbaya," you cant punish like the old days.

  • Let's not bring back the stocks!

    I don't see it as a deterent, and we hired judges to serve consequences on violators of law for a reason - because public shaming is a hairsbreadth from tar and feathering, running someone out of town on a rail or other such 'two wrongs don't make a right' forms of vigilanteesism. It's also impossible to post EVERY violator of every crime, so who chooses?


    A person would need to have a conscience in order to be affected by public shaming. Most criminal offenders do not have a conscience and do not appear to be bothered by their crime until they get caught. So unless it was a teenager who had committed a minor offense, public shame would have no affect what so ever on a criminal.

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Extraterestrial says2014-08-09T06:44:33.813
It would depend on the crime but usually crime involves a victim. Publicly shaming a criminal may also shame the victim, which is not called for and not right in any sense. For example a child rapist. The child is already psychologically damaged and could get further damage from the abuser being publicized. Another problem is that when you have a person who accuses another but is actually fabricating things, then the apparent criminal becomes the victim.Another problem is that criminals are made because of upbringing and also desparation. They are crying out for help but can not express it. Money keeps most of us down and out. It only take a minute force to upset our day to day living, in desperation you may do something stupid so you can feed your child perhaps. No one is perfect at all and laws are based on imperfections. We should be publicly exposing the criminal system, then maybe we would reduce desperate criminals. Also most laws are an enforcement system gone crazy with power. Most laws are not laws and just an illegal system creating criminals out of nothing. This is what the system wants, so they can control more and more. You would have to be blind to not see it now.