Should the punishment fit the crime?

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by crabby, May 29, 2006.

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  1. Basically as the question asks; should a punishment fit a crime?

    I'm asking this partly because of the firearms thread, where the right to defend property seemed to equate to condoning use of possibly lethal force. Against someone else who is armed is this fair? Someone who is unarmed? Would you really condone the shooting of someone robbing your house even if they literally were just there for your TV?

    Should graffiti artists be made to clean it up? Those done for GBH/assault have the **** beaten out of them by the plods? Those for murder killed? Those for manslaughter accidently killed?

    Are some of the ideas mentioned above actually acceptable given the occasional errors by the judicial system? Is vigilante action (as described by defending property) more or less open to flaws? If so why do we have a judicial system?

    I know it's a lot of questions, but some stuff that's been posted recently got me thinking. I'm all up for making small scale (petit theft etc) criminals have like for like punishment, but beyond that I do believe in rehab and labour which would benefit the state (not quite breaking rocks, but cleaning stuff etc). In the current climate in the UK most criminals aren't actually armed, especially with firearms, by allowing a response it would be raising the game. Hence why there is talk about "appropriate response" which isn't the easiest thing to define in law.
  2. The lazy (but accurate) answer is that every case should turn on it's own merits. You can't have cookie-cutter sentencing.

    It was the way the system tried to work before, imperfectly but not as poorly as it does now. It's broken.

    Natural liberals need to understand that prison can work and that people do need locking up for non-violent offences, and natural conservatives need to understand that rehabilitative sentencing can also work for the right offender.

    Unfortunately, as we are seeing, the current government has upset the balance.