posted on Nov, 3 2005 @ 04:19 PM
While I agree that capital/corporal punishment is quite brutal, how has regular jail time stemmed crime? Our prisons aren't overcrowded because they
offer a free cruise with every two year lease.
As far as being above corporal punishment, aren't we also above stealing, raping, and murdering? "We" are the same people as "they", the
criminals--same society, same nationalities, etc. What separates the "us" from "them"? The fact that we haven't committed a crime? I doubt
very few of us ever sit around and say "Gee, when I grow up I want to be a convicted felon," and the fact that "we" haven't doesn't mean
necessarily that "we" won't.
As Ox said, would you steal something if you knew you weren't going to be able to carry two suitcases at a time again? If you knew you were going to
get beaten with a bamboo cane for having some fun with a spray can, wouldn't you think twice about vandalizing someone's hard-earned property? If
you think the punishment is too harsh, then don't do the crime. Simple as that.
Personally, and contrary to my above statements, I would like to see more money spent on education and rehabilitation, but that's not going to happen
any time soon, at least not at the level necessary to make much of a difference. Caning someone is cheap and quick--a couple of months for appeals,
10 minutes on the board, done and over. Maybe not for tagging or something like that, but for some more serious crimes it'd be worth it. You know,
really bad stuff, like downloading mp3's.