What is the worst form of punishment? in Off Topic
I agree with everything here, except ill take it a step further. Prison should be about rehabilitation, not solely punishment.
Punishing criminals may ease the mind of the violated, and for a while, may actually work to improve the prisoner, but after a time instead of just keeping a prisoner locked up we should be teaching them how to rejoin society.
Prison makes money, so these days the goal of the prisons is not to help inmates become better people, but to make sure they come back to earn more money.
And If you want to argue receptivity, look at Sweden's prison system. They rehabilitate their inmates and their crime rate is a fraction of ours. That may be of course in part due to socioeconomic reasons as well, but I have yet to see any studies outside of the U.S saying rehabilitation doesn't work.
I think that's also a problem in the United States. We are so hard on "criminals". Once someone is incarcerated the American people essentially screw themselves by making it extremely difficult for the ex-con to re-enter society. They therefore push him back to the only lifestyle they know how to survive on. They then punish him for said crimes that they pushed them to in the first place. Until this cycle fueled by bigotry is ended, rehabilitation will not be as effective. I'm not saying no punishment should be given out, just that we should remember nobody is perfect, and it is completely possible for someone to turn their life around.