Prison is the common way in most countries to solve the problem of crime. However, a more effective solution is to provide people a better education. Agree or disagree.
There are many different opinions on the best way to reduce crime. The traditional solution is to punish There are many different opinions on the best way to reduce crime. The traditional solution is to punish the criminals by putting them in prison. Some hold the view that education and job training are the long term solutions to cut crime. In my opinion, prison is the only answer in a few situations, but in most cases education, vocational training and rehabilitation are better.
Prison is the only answer in case of criminals who are a risk to the society, such as murderers. They cannot be made to mix with society. Some people also say that people would not be afraid of doing crime if fear of imprisonment is not there. But I still feel that in majority of cases, we can do without prisons.
In traditional prisons, people learn a lot about crime and so when they leave prison they will commit even more crime. In other words prisons act as universities of crime. So petty offenders like shop-lifters and pick-pockets should be given some vocational training and education. It is a well known fact that the basic causes of crime are poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. So, if we provide education and job training then we would be removing the causes of crime. If criminals are rehabilitated by some form of employment then they would certainly not re-offend.
Furthermore, the prisons are expensive to maintain. The government can spend that money on other important matters such as education and healthcare. This would ease some burden from the government’s shoulders. The petty and minor criminals can also be employed in some community service projects after providing education and vocational training.
Summing up, we should hate the crime and not the criminal. To fight crime we should focus on the causes of crime. Education and job training help to rehabilitate the criminals. So, people who commit less serious crimes should not be sent to prison. Focus should be on reforming them.
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Although in many legal systems, the prison is the easiest solution to tackle criminal issues, there are several reasons which are showing that it is ineffective. I strongly agree with this idea that providing a better education can reduce the rate of criminality.
I totally disagree that the prison can solve the problem of crime. First, the prison has been described as “the school for crime”, say, prisoners educate each other and can learn new “tricks of the trade” there. Therefore, they will become more corrupt and the likelihood of committing a crime will rise. Second, there would be fewer chances for offenders with prison records to find a job that can lead them back again to the crime field. Moreover, while being in the prison, the criminals’ relationships can be totally broken down.
On the other hand, most well-researched studies have revealed that a better education lowers the criminality rate. This is because extra education provides more chances for better employment and higher wages which can lead to more stable employment status and consequently, drawing individuals away from the crime for a long time and therefore, providing a sustained reduction of committing a crime.
All in all, I strongly believe that education is the most effective solution for criminal issues due to its long-term positive outcomes in an individual’s career and social stand. On the other hand, due to the inefficacy of imprisonment, I totally disagree that it can bring a reform in the offender’s life.