Should prisons punish people or protect people?

I do not believe in the British prison system, I also do not like the way the media present information about the British prison system. I genuinely believe most of the people in our prisons should not even be in prison. In fact the only time I believe prison is necessary (especially long term sentences) is when we are dealing with violence or rape things that negatively effect peoples lives.

Even then I do not believe these people no matter how evil we consider them to be should be punished! They should be taken out of society to protect people not as punishment and then attempted to be rehabilitated, looked after well, feed healthy and kept safe.

I don’t like it when the media demand prisoners have “privileges” taken from them, we are not their parents and they are not naughty children. While I agree prisoners should not be allowed to watch TV and play computer games all day, I do believe they should be allowed at least a couple of hours per day watching TV or playing computer games if thats what they want to do.

The trouble is with the justice and prison system is it fails to consider important factors of why certain crimes are committed. Take shoplifting that is a crime that has ended with many people going to prison yet sometimes shoplifting can be or at least feel necessary to the person committing the crime.

Fred West (a serial killer from Britain) was raped by his own mother throughout his childhood, is it any wonder he grew up to be so misguided? The system failed to protect him from his mothers crimes (its going to happen sometimes) but the same system would have been quick enough to punish him for his own (he committed suicide before the case went to court.)

When the media are preaching for prisons to ban on computer games, television, gym access, or other normal things that we take for granted when we are free, they are failing to consider that sometimes the person in prison is a victim as well. Normally the more psychotic or violent the person is the more of a victim he or she is or has been throughout their lives.

Surely by removing “privileges” they are just make prison a more hostile place to be. 23 hour lock ups should be made completely illegal, I wouldn’t lock my dog up for 23 hour a day if not TV (at least) should be available in their room. They may have committed crimes, made mistakes or just be evil but fighting it with evil will not beat evil.

I believe losing your freedom is a high enough price to pay for most crimes, sometimes it may not feel like its enough but a society that deliberately and systematically punishes people with just the intent of just punishment not protection is old fashioned, unprogressive and as violent and cruel as anybody that they could be punishing.

 

SHOULD CRIMINALS LOSE THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS?

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Recently there has been much debate on prisoners and their rights, the European court of human rights rules a voting ban breached rights of 1,015 Britons behind bars but declines to order any monetary damages. Not long back much of the British media exposed prisoners “living a life of luxury” playing PlayStation’s on HD, Flat screen Television’s, the media in Britain were “outraged” as were the mentally enslaved readers. “PlayStation’s for criminals” the self righteous moan “it’s an easy life, they love it in there” they add, but is that true? me personally I have never been to prison but I know a lot of people that have, I have visited people in prison, people that have children and in my experience they definitely did not want to be there and it was not an “easy life” for them in prison as the media report.

I am sure that to a small percentage of people believe prison life is not that bad and maybe some people would rather be in prison than out, receiving 3 meals a day and not worrying about money, but for the rest of us and the vast majority of people prison would be a nightmare and having occasional access the a games console and a television is not going to change that.

Prisoners have already lost their freedom and access to their families, should they lose the right to be entertained, their right to vote and their right to being treated like a Human Being? I do not believe they should, for many reasons, reasons like; Using data from 2014, the total UK prison population is around 86,000. As of 14 November 2014, the population of women in prison in the UK is 3,956. And the male population is 81,905. That is a lot of people in prison and I believe that probably at least half of them should not be there, we should remember that we have all broken the law at some stage in our lives.

Today people are in prison for uploading Hollywood movies onto the internet, shoplifting, elderly people are in prison for not paying Council tax and so are addicts that have been caught with drugs, a car accident can land you in prison as can, a dodgy Facebook comment has landed people in prison and if prisoners lose their Human Rights then we turn into a society that takes away human rights for something a small and ridiculous as a Facebook joke.

I believe the only time their is even a debate for taking prisoners Human Rights is when the prisoner is a known murderer and even then we should be aware that a society that intentionally cruelly treats its prisoners is worse and more dangerous then the criminals, I understand that some people are dangerous to innocent people and therefore need to be taken off the streets for the safety of innocent people but in my opinion once in prison they should still be treated like Human Beings, looked after, feed, entertained with T.V or games consoles, why? because they are Human Beings and even if the criminal laughs at the fact he “has it easy” he would have still lost his freedom, prison had supposed to be about protecting the innocent.