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Does the punishment fit the crime The word crime is stated as an act punishable by law as being forbidden by statute or injurious to the public welfare But does this definition relate to todays society Does the term punishment refer to the harsh unforgiving treatment of a serious offender or just a phrase to describe an operation carried out by the government to allow the public to believe that offenders are paying for their crime and at the same time learning from their mistake Too often we sit and view the TV trying to catch up with the latest gossip of the world and find ourselves bombarded with updated reports of horrific murders devastating terrorist bomb attacks cruel plots carried out by various members of vicious pedophile rings perverted accounts of rape on vulnerable females who have been tampered with drugs The list goes on each crime unique in its own desire Through research I have distinguished the five main aims of punishment The first is known as the theory of Protection where punishment mainly imprisonment is used to protect society from a persons antisocial behaviour sometimes prisons can be used to protect the prisoner from themselves by preventing them from self infliction I believe the theory of protection is a valuable concept of todays society allowing the general public to respect and maintain the law Next appears the theory of Retribution which gives the perception of when a person commits a crime of a certain classification then the punishment received by that person should be fitting for the crime committed This seems very logical idea one that I believe to be fair although does todays law system follow this theory Continuing the aims of punishment brings the idea of Deterrence stating that if a person disobeys the law then hopefully the punishment received by that person will help the criminal learn to abide the law thus creating
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