It wouldn't be difficult in this day and age with the technology we now have to catch and convict somebody of a crime to a 100% certainty. CCTV footage or DNA results, for examples.
IF a person is 100% convicted of a crime and there was no chance of this person being framed or mis-identified and depending on the crime, why shouldn't punishment be much more severe?
I do understand that it isn't always possible to convict somebody to 100% certainty.. i.e rape cases where even though dna testing is accurate and semen found, it still might have been consensual sex at the time! This poses a huge problem of course!
With people caught committing crimes on CCTV and it is 100% conclusive evidence.. and a conviction is made, then these criminals should be punished very severely. Armed robbery or even a mugging on the street are both life changing events for the victims.. and therefor the criminals should have their hands cut off or worse! It would deter others from doing it I am sure!!
I know it's not easy but I feel a LOT more could be done to deter criminals.. and it makes me wonder why it isn't?
Yeh, well, the higher suicide rates in prison must be because it is such a laugh.
Let's make prison worse so we can create more psychopaths for release into the general population
Because deterrence doesn't work, and retribution should not be the basis of a justice system that isn't based in the 16th century. When you start to treat people like that, thieves turn into armed robbers, and armed robbers turn into murderers.
I think that's extreme and brutal Hammurabi's Code stuff. But they did used to have much more creative and entertaining punishments.
For instance, tarring and feathering people, or running them out of town on a rail. Sometimes leaving a person in stocks to be ridiculed and spit on by the public for a while.
Modern society is very boring in comparison, but also a lot safer and more sensitive. There is something to be said for the old way, although I doubt most people would seriously want to go back to that.
I do agree from the perspective of law abiding citzen that the punishment handed to sombody may seem mere compared to their crime and the result of the crime but you must bare into consideriation that once u have been branded as a "criminal" life becomes inventiably harder , also life inside prison isnt exactly luxerious and often sends many people mad being confined to such a small space.
So the question you should be asking is what can we do as a society to prevent such crimes taking place as by preventing these crimes from happeing we will ultimatley reduce crime and yes i understand we will never be crime free but understanding the route of crime and the desperation what causes people to display negativity should be our goal rather than simply locking up societys broking people hoping they will go alone.
thats my perspective anyway.
Often times it's just someone else's word against another. Solicitors and barristers get paid either way.
Rehabilitation is far more important than punishment, imo.
Not seeing much of a solution here..
How about looking at how other Countries deal with crime? ie Switzerland for example?