Has softer punishments made society more dangerous and do criminals still fear going to prison? Are there any workable alternatives or should we just accept the situation as it is?
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I agree with what you say but I believe there should still be Punishment, rehabilitation and release with prisons for varying degrees of crime.
Police have a job I couldn't do. They are forced to abide by laws that make no sense. Then people blame the police instead of the lawmakers. Off the subject...I feel sorry for all the good cops who are given a bad name by the fewer corrupt ones.
Corrections officers have it worse than the police. They literally go to jail everyday and work in a place where the inmates control almost everything.
The problem is of course is that if there is no punishment then yet is no reason not to commit crime. If criminals think there will be benefits from crime they will do it all the more. The countries you talk about reserve jobs for the rehabilitated.