MansiMemberJanuary 5, 2022 at 11:09 PM
While we are scrolling through the news channels on our television, majority of them are telecasting crime news at some point of time. It can be asked whether there is increment in the rate of offence or else a greater number is being detected. However, people argue on the effective measures to reduce crime in our society. While some believe that strict punishments can reform a criminal, others trust lenient approach to be more powerful. In this essay we will discuss the pros and cons of both the aspects.
Fear of longer punishment forces a person to become a law abiding citizen. When an individual is aware of the consequences of his action and moreover, knows what is at stake, he thinks twice before committing any offence. For example, when government had increased the duration of imprisonment for rape from 3 years to 10 years, there was rapid decrease in the incidence that year. Thus, increasing prison sentence can reduce the occurrence of crime as no one wants to stay in a languished condition.
On the contrary, it is also important to find alternative methods to reform criminals. A large number of prisoners commit a crime under a particular situation. Thus, it is important to contemplate the root cause of the act committed and to decide punishment based on them. Moreover, they can be sent to reformation homes or enrolled in vocational trainings. To illustrate one such example, a Canadian prisoner Andrew Whales studied Law while he was in prison for a false theft complaint and later he emerged as a renowned Criminal Lawyer of the state. Therefore, if given adequate opportunities even criminals can malleate a bright future.
In my opinion, although strict punishments are justified for heinous crimes but for offenders who commit a crime under some need, their situation should be taken into consideration and judged accordingly.