What is the purpose of prisons? Is the restriction of one's freedom supposed to be retribution for the crimes committed against society and the victim? Is it meant to be rehabilitative? Are prisoners supposed to emerge from the experience deterred from committing future crimes and morphed into law-abiding citizens?
Prison should be a punishing and unpleasant experience so that law-abiding citizens can feel safe
Justice for Victims
There is something inside the human psyche that yearns for revenge when we have been wronged
Prison ought to be a deterrent
Nipping crime in the bud is the ultimate goal of the criminal justice system and deterrence is a key part of that.
Prisoners deserve second chances - it's better for their communities and society overall
Punitive incarceration hurts minority communities most
Minorities are often disproportionately incarcerated and have high rates of recidivism.
We must solve root causes of crime
Tackling crime must happen at its source - by helping the people who need to resort to crime to survive
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