Crime is a part of life. People go to jail and they come out again. Some are rehabilitated while others continue what they started. If the criminal code was modified to have more stiffer penalties, will this deter others from doing the same?
Let’s look at the punishment in Saudi Arabia. The punishment for theft is the chopping of hands off. A person found guilty of assault will receive lashings. Question is did it work? If people are too scared to commit crimes, will the world be a better place?
Let me provide an example. A man is found guilty for rape and assault charges. If we castrate him, will other people think twice before raping another person?
Another example would be if a person is guilty of hit and run. He/she killed a pedestrian and drives away. If he/she gets caught, he/she will have his/her feet cut off. Will other people begin reporting the accident he/she caused if that means that he/she will not be punished so severely. For reporting the accident that he/she caused, he/she will be forced to pay for damages and whatever else, but his/her punishment will include jail time or house arrest, but not chopping off body parts.
Giving stiffer sentences only creates need for more space in jails. Jails in some cases can be ineffective. If we enforce these kind of punishments for acts that are inhumane and/or that will permanently scar the abused, should we do it?
If a person goes to jail for raping little boys and comes out refusing treatment, will he/she stop?
This reminds me of Totalitarianism and George Orwell’s book, 1984. The idea of having a Utopia is a dream. Although it may be impossible to do, we should think of ways that will minimize the most heinous of crimes against humanity.
I believe that the sentences given are often too light. Many people who go to jail probably treat it like a second home. Therefore, we should rethink how we prosecute chronic and/or serious offenders.