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BNC 2016/17 Issue 2 – Prisons: The arguments

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BNC 2016/17 Issue 2 – Prisons: The arguments

  1. 1. ARGUMENTS FOR TOUGHER PUNISHMENTS
  2. 2. 1PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments Criminals who are locked up can’t burgle houses or attack people outside prison. So we are safer when they are locked away.
  3. 3. 2 PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments Tough punishments will ‘deter’ (scare) people who are thinking of committing a crime, so they are less likely to carry it out.
  4. 4. 3PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments Criminals have done something bad, justice demands that they must suffer for it.
  5. 5. 4 PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments Victims have suffered. They will feel better if they know that the person who hurt them is being punished.
  6. 6. ARGUMENTS FOR LESS PUNISHMENT AND MORE REHABILITATION
  7. 7. 5PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments Prison is cruel. Convicts are very unhappy there. Also, prisons can break family ties. It can be upsetting for family members on the outside who have committed no crime.
  8. 8. 6 PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments Prison is very expensive: it costs £40,000 a year to keep someone in a prison. That money could be spent on other things. For example, £40,000 would pay for two more nurses or two junior teachers.
  9. 9. 7PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments Prison turns some prisoners into worse people. They learn how to be better criminals from other prisoners.
  10. 10. 8 PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments Some criminals need help, not punishment, for example drug treatment, counselling or new skills.
  11. 11. 9PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments There are alternatives to prison. For example, some criminals can be given ankle bracelets with satellite tracking devices. This means the government always knows where they are, so they can’t commit more crimes and get away with it. This is much cheaper than prison. Photo: Jérémy-Günther-Heinz Jähnick / Bracelet électronique / Wikimedia Commons
  12. 12. 10 PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION Arguments Prisons in Norway try hard to reform prisoners. They teach them to admit that they did something wrong. They give them useful work to do, such as growing their own food and making their own furniture. They also help them find jobs when they are released. People with jobs are less likely to commit crimes again.

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