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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN UNITED STATES The superhero sits at the base of the waterfall, ready to rescue people as they fall or in some cases, are pushed down the cliff. He swims out and rescues them, bandages their wounds, and hauls them to the hospital. He responds to each victim with all of the energy and determination he can muster. Some of the people he rescues are people he has helped before. He fails to consider that if he could get to the top of the fall, he might keep some people from falling or being pushed into the dangerous waters in the first place. This superhero's approach parallels the average American's reaction to the problem of crime. Typical responses usually involve the rescue attempts and bandages of stricter laws and tougher punishments. These seem on the surface to be logical solutions, but they rarely get to the root of what causes crime. The government needs to invest heavily in family and preschool education, and social prevention programs. It also needs to find ways to involve local and global communities in crime watch and deterrence, allow citizens to protect themselves, and encourage more use of restorative justice programs in the legal system. ...read more.


This battle however proves fatal for the followers of both parties enabling them to perform crimes like political murders etc. these "ruffians" then roam in the city as if it was theirs and do what ever they want legal or illegal. Because they are of a political group and politicians support them, the security cops are not able to perform their duty fully. Therefore the main root of the problem is the power struggle between the political parties and needs to be resolved. In recent years the likelihood of going to prison for committing any type of major crime has increased, as has the amount of prison time served. In response to this development, people are committing fewer crimes since 1993. The murder rate has dropped 30 percent, as the probability of going to prison for murder has risen 53 percent. Rape has decreased 14 percent, as the probability of prison has increased 12 percent. Robbery has decreased 29 percent, as the probability of prison has increased 28 percent. Aggravated assault has decreased 14 percent, as the probability of prison has increased 27 percent. Burglary has decreased 18 percent, as the probability of prison has increased 14 percent. ...read more.


When these forms of capital punishments were first put to use, they were considered the most humane methods at the time. But since then, have become obsolete. Luckily for Americans, our right to humane punishments is protected by the eighth amendment to the constitution. "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted" (authors of the Constitution). These, along with several other facts, are why we need to make sure that our society is clean of any kind of cruel and unusual punishment. But we cannot always trust our government to make sure that laws that would infringe of our rights given to us by the amendments to the United States Constitution. We must always be aware of the laws that are being passed in our area to make sure that they are not in violation on our rights. If we prevent ourselves from crime, the superhero perched near the top of the waterfall, will be able to divert the swimmers and boaters to a safer turn in the river. He would remain watchful, keeping people from pushing others down the steep cliff. He would still need to fly down to the base and rescue some that slip by him, but there would be fewer trips to the hospital, and a smaller amount of people repeating the treacherous trip down the falls. ...read more.

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