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Is public shame an appropriate means of punishing criminal offenders?

  • It works poorly but works and should be changed

    Public punishment is a good idea, but should be practiced in a harsher way and more often to make it a better deterrent to crime, and should be used on higher level criminals instead of just a silly punishment for children and low level criminals. Hanging up a sign or wearing a shirt naming your crime isn't much of a deterrent nor a punishment.

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  • If it is a minor crime and the person chooses to do so.

    If the person chooses short jail time over public humiliation, then fine. Otherwise don't further embarrass them. I think this would be effective because by publicly humiliating themselves, they will learn a lesson that they don't want this to happen again so they should not commit the crime again. Sitting in jail will not teach them anything but obedience so that they can get out again and do whatever they want to, considering they get everything handed to them in a jail cell.

  • For minor offences

    A first-time offender would think twice at least doing the same crime again if he/she is publicly shamed. But they might turn out to be vengeful. Anyway, if someone feels offended/hurt, his/her wrong-doer might be given a punishment equivalent to a public shame. This will prevent the criminal for repeating the same crime and victimizing other innocent people. They must know that they cannot get away by doing something which is legally/morally/spiritually unacceptable. If they're wise enough, they might attain nirvana a.Bout the intensity and effects of their ill-deeds

  • Yes it should

    Shaming takes a large hit at the pride of a criminal and when paired with another punishment can be very effective. It is an emotional way to reach out to the fear of criminals. Other punishments cause more physical fear while shaming causes a mental dilemma. It is a perfect way to cover both grounds.

  • I agree on public shaming

    I agree on public shaming if the crime was minor. I don't agree with public shaming because it doesn't work if the crime was severe because if the crime was severe the person who committed the crime will do it again. It helps people pay for their for crimes as a punishment. However, shaming does not work with criminals. Before public shaming was around punishments were more harsh. Sometimes public shaming can offend people. When someone happens to get offended riots can happen to protest public shaming.Public shaming is not used today because its not effective as its not very effective.

  • 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: http://www.cardealexpert.com/fyi/shame-speeders/

  • 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.

  • Shameless people wont feel ashamed for their actions.

    Public Shaming may only be considered successful for those who do feel shame or humiliation. If the criminal does not care for what the public has to say or think of them, then ultimately there is no success. As well as the fact that if a criminal is given the choice to either do jail time or be publicly shamed, it's no brain twister, any shameless person would choose to be 'publicly shamed'. Which would be the equivalent of no punishment at all.

  • I agree on public shaming

    I agree on public shaming if the crime was minor. I don't agree with public shaming because it doesn't work if the crime was severe because if the crime was severe the person who committed the crime will do it again. It helps people pay for their for crimes as a punishment. However, shaming does not work with criminals. Before public shaming was around punishments were more harsh. Sometimes public shaming can offend people. When someone happens to get offended riots can happen to protest public shaming.Public shaming is not used today because its not effective as its not very effective.

  • Public shaming is not an appropriate mean of punishing criminal offenders.

    Public shamming cause more problems because it affects people psychological and mortally and even causes problems than solutions like it won't be a punishment to criminals and shamming is terrible punishment . There also no due process so its illegal by law and human rights. Shamming could also lead to riots. These are reasons that support my opion on why shamming isnt an appropriate means of punishment.

  • I don't think that public shame is an appropriate mean of punishing criminal offenders.

    If the offense was severe then public shamming may not work. Public shamming is not good influence for people as it could cause problems mentally. Shamming may not a good punishment for criminals. Shamming can cause more problems than solutions. These are reason why public shamming is not a appropriate mean of punishing criminal offenders.

  • 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.


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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.