Post by Kapitan on Jun 26, 2021 22:16:43 GMT
It's a great Dostoevsky novel ... but it's also just a topic that the discussion of S. Bennett/J.K. Harrison raised. B.E. has some thoughts, and I'm very interested to hear them, as I've given some thought to the topic in the past couple of years ... but nowhere near enough to feel like I have much to say definitively. (Meaning, I could argue a couple perspectives, but I'm not sure I've got a personal, strongly held perspective.)
I'll start by just laying out a few things for discussion. Anyone who is interested in general, I'd be very curious to hear what you have to say no matter where you land on the issues. And while it should go without saying, this is the kind of thing that can raise strong opinions, as it is right in line with politics or at least adjacent to them. This board has been fantastic in discussing such things without anybody going overboard, ranting and railing, alienating or disrespecting anyone. I trust we can keep doing that. We're grown ups.
So, prison or jail sentences can have a few purposes:
1) To remove dangerous people from society. Criminal murders people, it's better he be locked up so he can't murder more people.
2) To punish criminals. Criminal murdered someone, and must pay for his crime. The punishment is prison.
3) To rehabilitate criminals. Criminal murdered someone, and must be reformed in such a way as to be able to rejoin society without being a danger to others in the future.
I think often we go between these things in our discourse, and conflicts seem to occur when Group A is looking for one of those outcomes (say, #3) while Group B is looking for another (e.g. #2).
So that's our opening salvo. Proceed as you will!