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punishment should fit the criminal

Normally punishments fit the crime more than the criminal. Countries have big long lists of minimum and maximum sentances for particular crimes. Within this there is a little leaway dependent upon the state of mind of the criminal, repeat offences and what their motivation was.

All the Yes points:

  1. It will cause less re-offenders.
  2. punishment does fit the criminal in the sense that every accused person is tried in court
  3. if a criminal is a masochist

All the No points:

  1. The onus should not be on punishing the criminal.

It will cause less re-offenders.

Yes because…

If a criminal commits a crime because they were forced to for financial reasons, under pressure from a gang, for revenge, because of a psychological condition etc. and they are released from prison after their sentence without any thought to their circumstances, they are likely to re-offend.

No because…

What exactly is the justice system supposed to do about the situation even if they do know? Directly intervene in every criminal’s personal life? Keep them all in prison until society has improved to the point where they won’t be given a reason to re-offend?

Changing the punishment isn’t the solution. Social services, doctors and psychiatrists, the people in Government responsible for conditions getting this bad, along with the criminal themselves who made bad choices in their lives, all have to work together, make sure they do their jobs well and don’t try and do each other’s jobs.

punishment does fit the criminal in the sense that every accused person is tried in court

Yes because…

before being locked up or sentenced to being locked. Therefore the punishment is catered/tailored/wound around the individual situation,circumstance,psychological state/position of the criminal and customised accordingly.

The punishment may be standard but leniences are made if the jkudge thinks they need to be and the time period of the sentence that criminals must serve is also decided by judge and jury for each specific case.

however different punishments may suit different criminals; a different form of retribution may be called for for different people.

No because…

Yes but the punishment say, for murder is fixed to life-sentence or death sentence (capital punishment) yes the duration of wait and passing can be flexible but the punishment itself is standard

if a criminal is a masochist

Yes because…

then s/he will be elated by fierce/violent interrogation methods and punishing him/her with standard painful means, will prove futile or counterproductive.

They will enjoy having their hands cut off, or being beaten or derided and so on.

No because…

Feeding someone’s psychological problems, whether or not the person thinks of it that way, can only damage them. The pleasure they feel is self-destructive, so enhancing that pleasure furthers the cause of their destruction.

I don’t think you fully understand masochists. Granted, i’m not one, nor do i know any, but honestly, sexually appealing or not, cutting someones hands off will hurt and give you less of an ability to actu upon sexual desires. You’d have to be an idiot to not realize that while someones hacking away at your wrists. Let alone the fact that (perhaps youre in a different country) we do not chop peoples hands off or beat them, but rather lock them away, which makes your argument invalid to begin with.

The onus should not be on punishing the criminal.

No because…

The criminal should be punished only in so far as it is necessary to compensate everyone who has been deprived of something because of the crime. The criminal should be made aware that they owe something, what and who they owe, that they are going to pay it back whether they like it or not and that taking it from the person will only result in them having to compensate the person again. Anything more is a waste of time, anything less means that the work isn’t done yet.

By owing a debt I include non-material debts such as health and psychological damage, actual lives, time wasted etc. I also do not mean that I think the criminal should pay with their own phsyical health, life, time etc. because this doesn’t actually lead to anybody being compensated, just to more people suffering.

In summary, the compensation should fit the debt, not the punishment fit the criminal.

Yes because…

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4 years ago

The article was satisfying

4 years ago
Reply to  Dave

The article was really helpful thank you

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