Originally Posted by dbarabians
Treating them as Sherriff Joe does is barbaric in my opinion. Shalom
Prison isn't supposed to be anything remotely resembling a vacation.
There's a reason they call it "hard time"!
Recidivism is at an all time high.
Apparently, what the justice system deals out in punishment isn't adequate to deter repeat offenders.
Just as a child learns not to steal cookies from the cookie jar by getting his hand smacked, adult criminal behavior isn't being curbed by the punishments dealt by the courts.
The pain element isn't adequate to alter their mindset.
The implied pain isn't adequate to deter the criminal behavior.
I bet if we amped up the punishment, it would change the deterring aspect.
The US has the highest percentage of its population behind bars of any nation on the planet.
We also have the most lenient punishment structure on the planet.
Makes me think about the kid in Singapore that vandalized the cars a few years back.
The kid got caned and had to pay reparations.
I'm pretty sure his butt whippin changed his mind about doing something like that ever again.
People squealed that it was cruel and unusual.
It would have been considered so if he were on US soil, but he wasn't.
Singapore is an amazing place.
Very low crime, very clean, and the people are very nice and exceedingly polite.
Their justice system is also one of the more "barbaric" by our standards.
Theft is punished in the extreme - conviction gets your hand removed.
A rape conviction earns castration.
Their society is extremely harsh with those who would do harm to others.
Conversely, we take the opposite mentality in that we offer multiple attempts at rehabilitation before we crank up the pain factor.
How often do we read about a drunk driver killing someone, and it was their 3rd, 4th, or more DUI?
Convicted felons out committing more crimes?
Drug dealers feeding their poison to our children, even after being convicted numerous times?
One of my favorites is the guy who got stopped for erratic driving, and it was his 12th DUI...5th EXTREME DUI!
Our justice system is REAL effective.
Sherriff Joe barbaric?
Not by a long shot.
He has the lowest rates of recidivism in the nation.
Might have something there.
Pink skivvies, green baloney, and a harsh environment that's a significant deterrent for repeat offenders.
There's many reasons he gets REELECTED by huge margins!
He gets the job DONE!
When inmates complain about the harsh treatment, Joe's reply is DON'T COME BACK!
The criminals earned their punishment.
They did someone wrong, and are getting their due.
Also, consider the effect on victims.
If you were robbed and beaten in your own home, what punishment would be just for the assailant?
Just a thought....