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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shaming is not reinserting in society.

    Shaming a criminal in something like "Sex Offender Shuffle" does not reinsert these people in society. Part of people's taxes go for public prisons. Is a prison supposed to lock the criminal or to teach it how to be a citizen again? Showing a person's face to everyone and say "laugh at this person" does not help the former criminal. If anything, it just makes it worse. It reduces job opportunities and isolates the person. If the prison isn't supposed to shape the criminal into a citizen again, then prisons are very poorly structured, because a criminal can leave after "paying" for it's crime, only to break the law again. If we aren't trying to help these people, why do we pay for prisons? Might as well shoot them or keep them forever locked. Note that I'm assuming the person is a criminal, because punishing an innocent person, in my opinion, will always scar the person, regardless of being public shaming or community service. The trust in the legal system will always be gone.

  • It would only work for people at the enterance stages

    Retards all around the world destroy reputations by shaming and embarrassing people in the pecking order . The only way it could work to publically shame them is by publically shaming them as a kid when the behavior of publically shaming and embarrassing random honest innocent people take place.

    Other wise you are publicly shaming someone who is a professional public shamer. Mine as well pay them a salary.

    We should humiliate and mentally crush bullies from preschool on. It's the only way .

  • The Psychology of Shaming

    If you want to have an intelligent on public shaming, you must understand the psychological impact of shaming. Additionally, you must know if it works or not. Why shame criminals if it doesn't deter crime? Why take a medication if it doesn't work? Why pass laws that are ineffective?
    To date, no study has proven the effectiveness of public shaming on reducing or deterring crime. So why do we do it? Is there money involved? What is going on behind the scenes? I think there is more to it than meets the eye. We pass stupid ineffective laws for ulterior reasons (ie money, politics, etc) rather than see the collateral damage of the law. But stupid is as stupid does. Great empires will eventually fall to stupidity (ie see Rome).

  • I was publicly shamed & my sisters but officers lied.

    It sounds great except when the person didn't actually commit the crime. I was plasterd all over news and my two sisters for child abuse. Officers in volusia county Florida said my niece was lacerated and bleeding everywhere. That was found not to be true and case was dismissed. We can still be googled to this day because of that lie and " public shaming ". Work became slow. My kids do what they want now . I fear police I know they can lie and even put someone in jail for a crime they didn't commit. Public shantung is wrong especially if you are not sure if the person did what you shameing them for.

  • 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

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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.