Rehabilitation vs. retribution: Should the justice system focus on rehabilitation over retribution?

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  • You have to help criminals, not punish and eventually release them.

    Retribution inevitably ends with a revolving doo jail system, which is a symptom of not fixing the problem, but hiding it. When the government focuses on jail time and not therapy, you end up with more people in jail which costs more money; not to mention the complete destruction of the life of the individual.

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  • Our focus should be on rehabilitation.

    I believe that it would be better for the future of our
    country if we focus on rehabilitation instead of retribution. When we put people in prison, they are no
    longer productive members of society.
    It is better to educate them in prison and then release them and give
    them a second chance.

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    Do the crime do the time hater. It is essential we tell them no good hoolims to go back to where the came from, which is prision, because criminals are born criminals, and so we should make prision thier home so they aint gonna birth no more criminals, then batman wins basically

  • The inefficiency of illness and circumstance

    Many people who believe that criminals, a vast majority of the time, are subject to either a mental illness that causes them to perpetrate the crime, or were subject to an unfortunate circumstance in their life at the time. However, rehabilitation is never going to be some type of be all and end all to a mental illness, and large percentage of criminals who experience rehabilitation are just as likely to perpetrate the crime again as a criminal who did not experience rehabilitation. As well, saying that crime is the effect of unfortunate circumstance is against the idea of free will, and suggests that everything we have done, are doing, or will do, has been programmed into our genetic code. Furthermore, this suggests that humans cannot make good decisions in bad times, and vice versa, which goes against the entirety of the idea of morality in human beings. In conclusion, as dreamlike as it would be if we possessed the ability to cure people from committing crimes, it is impossible to do so, and would be a waste of time in the long term, as rehabilitation is unlikely to do anything that retribution has not done, or to introduce anything better.

  • Revolving door is a sign that rehabilitation isn't working

    Not that retribution is wrong. Perhaps sentences are too light. A murderer shouldn't have a revolving door because they shouldn't have a door in the first place. Instead we start with murder one plea down to 7-15yrs manslaughter then knock off a few years for "good behavior" and the guy gets out to offend again.

    Plea bargains shouldn't be offered: charge and convict for the crime that was done. Good behavior is ridiculous the sentence is the sentence. Being good/not getting caught doesn't do anything to recover the damage done to the victim so why should it recover time off the sentence?

  • Criminals Possess a different mindset

    Farnham 1, Doctor of Philosophy, St. John's University, in '08:"the offender has expressed the view that the victim is to be regarded as lesser, perhaps with the intention that the victim suffers from a lack of realization. He also proposes that society takes up his judgement and deny acknowledgement of the victim's realization."

  • Rehabilitation is rarely effective in any situation.

    We have this ideal that everybody deserves a second chance and that anybody can be rehabilitated, given the opportunity. However, this is simply not true. Many millions of drug users and addicts of all types genuinely want to be rehabilitated and fail. Instead of focusing resources on something that is unlikely to be successful, like rehabilitation, we should focus these resources on keeping criminals off the streets. We're not talking about retribution. We're talking about people facing consequences when they do the wrong thing. We're heading down a dangerous path as we move toward a blameless society where nobody is held accountable for their actions.

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