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As we begin a new millienium it is important for us to decrease and control crime in AmericaTo begin to do this as our book Sociology by Jon M Shepard states we must recognize the extent to which crime occurs Their are eight index crimes murder forcible rape robbery aggravated assault burglary larceny-theft motor vehicle theft and arson In 1995 the number of index crimes totaled 13867143When we compare the crime rates to those of other countries we see that the United States has the highest murder rape and robbery rates What can we do to decrease the rate of crime within the states Personally I think that the best way to decrease crime in the United States is to create stiffer penalties accompanied by a swifter offensepunishement rate for crime offendors Punishment does not have the deterrent effect that it would have because crimnals dont believe that they will get caught and if they do they dont believe that the punishment will be too severe It is pertinent that would be criminals see that the penalty for committing a crime outweighs the possible immediate gratification committing said crime would bring That is why punishment must be implicated in an expiditious manner and in a magnitude proportionate to the crime committed If the United State were to make a significant example out of crime offenders by means of the punishment they received it would have a deterrant effect on would be crime offenders considering the same act In foreign countries such severe punishments include flaugging removal of essential body parts etc Such punishments are severe enough to discourage future crime I think that our governement has so little control of the people as far as enforcing laws is concerned becausethey are so concerned about satisfying the public and the publics opinion when it comes to applying the right punishment
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