Saturday, 25 October 2014

Morality 10: Purposes of Punishment - Protection

Higher RMPS Podcast
Purposes of Punishment - Protection

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In the UK we punish criminals to protect the public from the criminal as well as protecting the criminal from themselves and society seeking revenge.  This involves putting them in prison or a secure mental institution.  If a criminal is in prison then they can’t commit any more crimes.  Putting them in prison also protects them from angry mobs going after them.  In September 2005 Ian Huntley murdered Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman, both aged 10.  The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, altered his sentence saying he will never leave the prison alive.  Public outrage was at a high with armed security protecting Huntley during the trial.  However, in prison he was attacked and his throat was cut by another inmate – he survived.

Strengths:  People feel safer with criminals locked up.  Prison also gives prisoners a chance to get away from the people and places that led them to committing crimes.

Weaknesses:  Those in prison for drug offenses are still able to get hold of drugs.  53% of criminals in Scotland reoffend which is a figure that has been between 62% and 51% since 1997.

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