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Would it be possible and/or desirable to live in a world without prisons?

Asked by: NotFamousLeo
  • Yes we can!

    Though the opposition has many great points, prisons can arguably be worse for offenders who don't commit as serious of crimes. Prison introduce rape, assault, drugs, crime rings and the violent crime lords that "claim" individuals as being in debt. How will this teach them to become better? It won't.

  • Yes we can!

    Though the opposition has many great points, prisons can arguably be worse for offenders who don't commit as serious of crimes. Prison introduce rape, assault, drugs, crime rings and the violent crime lords that "claim" individuals as being in debt. How will this teach them to become better? It won't.

  • The answer is no!

    While the idea that people are inherently good and can function in a world without prisons is appealing, it is impossible. It is desirable to WANT a world where we do not NEED prisons, but it is not the reality. While I do see that our prison system needs some restructuring, California's response of releasing prisoners is not the answer. Our weak response to crime and lax punishments on repeat offenders has played a large role in escalating criminal behavior. Once in prison, they provide an environment that is more comfortable or stable than what the criminal faced on the outside. In an effort to decrease the crime rate, we need to make prisons less comfortable and accommodating and make prison an actual punishment.
    In a world where there were no prisons, people would still find a way to take justice into their own hands. This would escalate murders, but people would justify their actions and perhaps have no punishment for taking the life of a criminal. No one would be safe anymore if all punishment was taken away.
    On the opposite end, if there were no prisons, but we implemented the death penalty for everyone convicted of a major crime, the crime rate would drop, the suicide rate would go up, and the population growth would slow...This is appealing only until someone you know is convicted of a crime.

  • Are you fucking kidding me?

    So in your fucking ladida land, criminals just walk? What the fuck are we supposed to do with murderers? Slap them on the hand and say don't do that again? What about a drunk driver that hops a curve and kills a kid? What then? No prisons, he or she can just go home. Not everyone is good. Some people need to be locked up. What exactly is your plan for criminals if you don't have a prison system. Grow the fuck up, this isn't first grade, this is the real world. There are scumbags out there who just might get you or your family... But apparently, that's ok with you people. Wake up.


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