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Punishments (15/10/16 11:16:12)
Still quite a few punishments are unnecessarily cruel, measured against the crime or stupidity leading towards it. The result is that people are unnecessarily injured, sometimes beyond repair. Those pressing for severe punishment conveniently forget about the cost to society of wrecking people. So long-term economic thinking could have a place. How can society and victims have payback from the damage caused by criminals? How can failed students still be useful to society and themselves? How can we decrease or minimise or control the societal damage caused by alcohol and illegal drugs - without resorting to jail terms on par with those given for murder?
I am not talking of those countries where slave labour in prisons is a lucrative industry for the prison owners.