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willthehuman October 20th, 2013 4:29pm

Should jail sentences be used more to punish the wrong-doers, or more to ensure the safety of the rest of society?

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bigj Milwaukee
10/20/13 12:03 pm

putting people in jail for minor non violent crimes does nothing but make it worse by further embedding them in criminal culture and connections

Scrazzle Winter is Coming
10/20/13 11:21 am

Punishment is the main reason. It's the result of doing something, that we've decided as a society, cannot be allowed. Safety for the rest is just a byproduct. You can't lock people away if you suspect they're dangerous but they haven't done anything

10/20/13 10:55 am

Obviously both, but I think locking up violent criminals to protect the rest of us is ultimately more important than their punishment. I don't believe punishment is useless, but that we also need rehabilitation for criminals too.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/20/13 10:46 am

Punishment is borderline useless IMO. Rehabilitation would be far more useful, cost-effective, and humane. This counter-productive need we seem to have to "punish" people only leads to a cycle of pain, abuse, and violence.

USNavyVet Sonar Man STG2
10/20/13 10:24 am

Really it is both reasons.

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
10/20/13 10:17 am

Actually I believe we need a more rehabilitative system

susanr Colorado
10/20/13 10:09 am

I think both are important but I would rather see effective rehabilitation.

MaryMallory Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
10/20/13 9:51 am

Punishment, simply because there are still those out there they haven't caught, and so society is marginally no safer than if the prisoners were out.

MisterE Conservistan
10/20/13 9:43 am

Punishment for the sake of punishment is unreasonable.

DunkinFrunk Austin area, Texas
10/20/13 9:40 am

I'm responsible for my own safety, I only need the government to punish the wrongdoers.

10/20/13 9:43 am

OMG! A Libertarian that actually admitted they need the government to do something!

DunkinFrunk Austin area, Texas
10/20/13 9:46 am

Would you rather me be judge, jury, and executioner? I can do that if my rule is law.

10/20/13 9:49 am

No, I don't want you to turn America into a dictatorship.

DunkinFrunk Austin area, Texas
10/20/13 9:53 am

America won't be, just my home and land.

10/20/13 9:56 am

In that case, go ahead and be the dictator of your own home/land. But bullets from your guns would not be allowed to travel past the border to your land.

DunkinFrunk Austin area, Texas
10/20/13 9:58 am

I'm an expert marksman, they won't. I always hit what I aim at.

Kay41 the Midwest
10/20/13 9:39 am

Great question but I think the answer is both along with an attempt at rehabilitation.

willthehuman Suburbia
10/20/13 10:14 am

Yeah I know, I struggled with the wording to try to avoid "both" but it was really hard to avoid it.