Should prisons be for rehabilitation or punishment?

Question by Bananaman: Should prisons be for rehabilitation or punishment?

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Answer by aussieguy
punishment for severe crimes and rehabilitation for small crimes

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9 Comments on "Should prisons be for rehabilitation or punishment?"

  1. Mary O
    04/03/2014 at 6:30 pm Permalink

    Both you get rehabilitated when you are in there being punished for the crime you commit

  2. N. Cognito
    04/03/2014 at 6:31 pm Permalink

    Punishment is a step used in the process of rehabilitation. Permanent incarceration and death sentences imply no attempt at rehabilitation. There’s no purpose in punishment unless your goal is to change behavior.

  3. Exceptionally Annoying
    04/03/2014 at 6:49 pm Permalink

    Punishment for severe crimes and rehab for less severe- but with an extreme emphasis on repaying the coummunity through constructive social labours NOT tax-funded cable TV, NOT community college, NOTHING but doing hard labour and hard time (if it suits the crime).

  4. kriskros54
    04/03/2014 at 7:18 pm Permalink

    Depends on the offense committed.
    Punishment should be for murderers or rapists regardless with no acceptions at all…Chuck them in a cell & let them rot!!

    For other offenses like robbery or arson they should recieve an option of rehabilitation but again, it depends on the seriousness of the offense.

    Why should tax payers pay for rehab for a criminal that doesnt deserve anything

  5. goldenrae9
    04/03/2014 at 8:17 pm Permalink

    There was a fantastic article in the NYTimes a few months ago about how rehabilitation in prisons is being seen in a new light. This time it is the religious right that is really looking toward rehabilitation.

  6. K.B.
    04/03/2014 at 9:10 pm Permalink

    this is a difficult question, but i think it is both. most crime is done
    by people who are not as educated as they should be. so sending
    them to prison is a form of telling them that what they did is wrong
    and then teaching them skills so that they would end up in jail again.

  7. Tumbleweed
    04/03/2014 at 9:17 pm Permalink

    Both!
    If someone has poor education and/or job skills and is released without programs to help him/her get a job, then they will be right back robbing and stealing or whatever got them in there in the first place.

    I just went on a prison tour last week at a prison outside of Columbus Ohio.
    The warden said that the recidivism rate drops to near zero with all the educational programs they have for the inmates.

    Now, THATS what I want to hear!

  8. UncleRico
    04/03/2014 at 10:06 pm Permalink

    Prisons should be the places where pieces of sh*t are kept, so that they can only victimize other pieces of sh*t.

  9. Aleksandar
    04/03/2014 at 10:46 pm Permalink

    prisons should be for rehabilitation. I have therefore carefully pondered Lotus Sutra, my own heritage of 3/4 of property of the house from my uncle predicted in the Lotus Sutra, merits of the preacher and condemnation for the breaker of the Law.
    I think it is about the same person. Buddha was so compassionate in the Lotus Sutra to give punishment of 1/4 and reward for 3/4 of the sutra. it means that one person has to suffer for his evil deeds in order to become rewarded for his good deeds.
    In society too many people are good but not so good: they are evil, but not so evil. Therefore, there is chance for such people, as me, to become respected persons when once they will suffer the evil recompense for their bad karma.
    Buddha can make good person out of evil person because he discerned bit of human nature even in criminal person. Therefore, Lotus Sutra can cure the incurable and change the karma and help even the evil people. No other sutra do that and I think that only by applying this sutra the society will become truly human and give second chance to prisoners.

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