Cap 17, 00 / Dec 18, 16 20:38 UTC
Punishment vs Rehabilitation ¶
According to James Gilligan, a clinical professor of psychiatry and an adjunct professor of law at New York University, "people learn by example: Generations of research has shown that the more severely children are punished, the more violent they become, as children and as adults. The same is true of adults, especially those in prison. So the only rational purpose for a prison is to restrain those who are violent from inflicting harm on themselves or others, while we help them to change their behavior from that pattern to one that is nonviolent and even constructive, so that they can return to the community". As the administrator of the Facebook Law Group, I spent time reviewing the most debated topics of the Community. One of them was the subject of penalties and criminal punishment. People expressed the benefits of rehabilitation, to avoid the "negative conditionning" of imprisonment.
I would like to read your thoughts about it. Do you think it would be wise to follow the example of other countries like Sweden, which is actually closing jails for lack of prisoners ? Please comment, and let us hear about your opinion on that matter.