>From: Samantha Atkins <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: No Federal parole
>Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 10:23:34 -0800
>Brian D Williams wrote:
> > >3) there is no evidence that being incarcerated for a length of
> > >time is a useful deterrent or actually rehabilitates. There is
> > >considerable evidence that the cost to society is largely
> > >unjustified.
> > Ah, deterrence rears it's ugly head. The incarceration is primarily
> > for punishment not deterrence, although proper punishment should
> > have a deterring effect. The main idea of incarceration is to place
> > them in a controlled, monitored enviroment where they can be
> > prevented from commiting any further criminal acts.
>But punishment looks a lot like revenge
I don't think you should automatically assume that revenge is a bad thing.
If people's loved ones is brutally murdered, and they do not get some sense
of justice, they may cheat on their taxes, or begin flagrantly disobeying
the rules of society. Revenge for wrongs done is part of the fabric of all
societies, AFAIK. Without it...back to the caves, etc.
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