Criminal punishment

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The question of punishment deterring crime has been around for centuries. There are many opinions on this subject, some punishments do and some punishments do not. "Punishment remains a central objective of our criminal justice system" (Friedrichs, 2005). The main thing to figure out is what types of punishments fit certain crimes. For example, a person robbing a store should not receive the same punishment as a person whom commits murder. Most societies look towards the justice system to prevent crime but things do not always turn out the way people want it too.

Retribution is something received after a person commits a crime or does something wrong. A person whom commits a crime is made to make retribution for his crimes, whether it is money, jail time, or both. Retribution comes with a price, especially when the crime is robbing a store or burglarized a person's house. The perpetrator has to pay for the things he took.

There is a saying that goes; an eye for an eye, this is mostly what retributions stands for.

Deterrence is "the attempt to discourage criminality through the use of punishment" (Macionis, 2006). This form is to prevent people from doing things which are illegal. Most people will not commit crimes because they are afraid of the repercussions. Some people believe that if the punishment is bad enough then people will think twice about committing a crime again. I believe as long as the punishment fits the crime then people will be deterred.

Rehabilitation happens when a person uses his time wisely and learns a new task. Some say that criminals are made from their environment, which can lead to the assumption that they cannot help themselves. This can also mean that new behaviors can be taught the same way the other behaviors...