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The philosopher Plato once said The Law like a good archer should aim at the right measure of punishment In society today crime and injustice rule the modern world Because of this prisons have become a permanent part of Americas criminal justice system Throughout history modern societies have felt compelled to incriminate those men and women who violate what is thought to be acceptable behavior Most sophisticated members of society would vote to throw all criminals in jail regardless of their reasons or means for violating social mores But we the voting citizens of the United States should not automatically sentence every criminal offender to an elongated jail term We must treat every case and offense individually so that we may rehabilitate instead of casting social violators off into a modern day dungeon to rot But for some socially abiding citizens of America rotting is exactly what these offenders should do These people would argue that the best way to stop crime is to lock the offenders away from society With the criminals in jail the law-abiding citizens are free to live without fear For too long we have worried about the well-being of the criminal offenders when the concern should be on the protection of our society As the saying goes Dont do the crime if you cant do the time Criminal offenders must be held responsible for their actions Too often in America the criminal is viewed as the victim with society providing the excuses and means for criminal activity GK Chesterton brings up an important point on the fallacy brought forth by these excuses that crime is a disease stating that evil is a matter of active choice whereas disease is not For many Americans the honest citizen should not be punished for the active choices of a select few The punishment for the violators should be prison where society would be protected from the criminal behavior of the socially unstable But
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