Originally Posted by mikesova
I think a lot of people are more concerned with punishing people and don't care if they are rehabilitated. If we spend time and money rehabbing people, that might not be enough of a punishment in their eyes.
I guess what im saying is that if we could use prison to make people better so they aren't going back to crime, that would be a good thing.
The purpose of the criminal justice system is to reduce crime. The one thought is to make prison such a horrible place to be that it serve as a deterrent to anyone thinking about committing a crime. The other is to try to rehabilitate those that end up there so that they can become productive members of society when they get out.
I think it should be some of both, depending on the circumstance.