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As we begin a new millienium it is important for us to decrease andcontrol crime in AmericaTo begin to do this as our book Sociology by Jon M Shepard states we must recognize the extent to which crime occursTheir are eight index crimes murder forcible rape robbery aggravatedassault burglary larceny-theft motor vehicle theft and arson In 1995 thenumber of index crimes totaled 13867143When we compare the crimerates to those of other countries we see that the United States has the highestmurder rape and robbery rates What can we do to decrease the rate ofPersonally I think that the best way to decrease crime in the UnitedStates is to create stiffer penalties accompanied by a swifter offensepunishement rate for crime offendors Punishment does not have thedeterrent 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 betoo 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 thecrime committed If the United State were to make a significant example out of crime offenders by means of the punishment they received it would havea deterrant effect on would be crime offenders considering the same act Inforeign countries such severe punishments include flaugging removal of essential body parts etc Such punishments are severe enough to discouragefuture crime I think that our governement has so little control of the peopleas far as enforcing laws is concerned becausethey are so concerned about satisfying the public and the publics opinion when it comes to applying the I believe that incapacitation does little in the way of rehabilitatingcriminals We need to focus on the issue that brings a crimnal to commit aparticular crime If we get to the root of why people commit the
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