Should The Death Penalty Be Rehabilitated

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Crime and Punishment 2/29/12 The topic of crime and punishment is one always popular for debate in America. There is always a different aspect to it that not everyone can come to agree on. Our justice system is something that is constantly being analyzed for all sorts of different cases, often times needing to be changed or altered somehow. One aspect that is a popular topic is if criminals should be rehabilitated or punished. From my point of view this decision should be completely based off of the basis of the crime. For example if someone is being convicted for a drugs charge instead of putting them behind bars they should be sent to a rehabilitation center where they can actually treat a possible addiction. More than half of the people arrested in the United States are tested positive for some sort of drug. Why not try to rehabilitate these people instead of putting them behind bars where…show more content…
One in every ten Americans in the United States have some type of criminal record. In 2009 the incarceration rate for the United States was 743 per every 100,000 citizens. The only other industrialized nation in the world that even comes close to that rate is Russia with 627 prisoners for every 100,000 people. I think that our rate is so high not necessarily because we have so many people but more because of the fact that our justice system is much stricter than that of any other nation in the world. I think we are so much quicker to throw people in jail even for petty things such as minor drug charges. Obviously we cannot let things like this just slip by, but it sort of goes back to the first idea that I talked about, is the purpose of the justice system to rehabilitate or punish? Maybe if we decided to rehabilitate more criminals we wouldn't have such a problem with overcrowding in

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