For many centuries Kings, governments and those in high positions have punished those who have committed a crime or sacrilegious act in the land or region of which they are in command. Although many hundreds of years ago the punishments were harsh and definitely considered unjust, today, there was a system implicated so as to provide a variation between the severity of the punishments according to the type and magnitude of the offence committed by the individual under consideration.

               Firstly is the prison system, implicated throughout the world in some shape or form. A very old scheme indeed and the confining of a harmful being has proved effective from the beginning of time. In spite of this, the present system is subject to disparagement and criticism. A recent and growing controversy amongst the government, criminals, victims and indeed the members of the public.

               To begin with, it is indisputable that some form of detainment is very necessary in many cases and has been appreciated for many years. Prisons in general are a necessity.

               Perhaps most obviously is the detaining of a criminal, literally to protect society from the potential hazard they pose. In many cases due to the aggressive nature of the offender they cannot any longer be exposed to the general public at all. So much so if the individual is extremely psychotic, mental care is provided in psychological accommodation. This is an alternative to prisons in terms of stringency but is a secure premises nevertheless.

               Secondly is the aspect of prisons, which deters potential criminals from committing a crime. The idea of being imprisoned for any length of time is a daunting thought thus dramatically reducing the number of offenders every year. Furthermore a large deal of one’s life could be wasted in prison, which is also a very intimidating thought                

One can only imagine the amount of transgression there would be today in the nonexistence of prisons.

           Above many aspects of the utilization of prisons is the fact that as indicated in many cases, the former criminals emerge from prison as reformed and rehabilitated with renewed inhibitions. They have successfully acknowledged the magnitude of their offences and previous attitude and have had time to reflect on their actions providing their time in prison is approached positively. They perhaps develop into composed and conscientious beings consequently re-evaluating their approach in life after prison and may even make a positive contribution to society. On this note counseling and even psychoanalysis for any disturbed people, which may aid their individual reassessment and mentality.

            One of the very fundamental and initial uses for prisons was merely a form of punishment and in numerous circumstances, purely a penalty for the actions of the individual in question. Those in control need to establish the grounding concerning whose hands the authority lies in. A criminal needs to pay their debts to society and the victims. A suitable way of accomplish this is imprisonment. In this way, the confining of a criminal gives the victims and those close to them a sense of righteousness and consolation that the criminal has suffered for his actions and that justice has been served.  

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             Lastly is that punishment by means of imprisonment is seemingly humanitarian and civilized. This means that if a person is wrongfully accused they may be released at a later date without permanent harm having being done. What is more, the government may still establish their doctrinaire attitude to criminals by means of adjusting the length of the sentence.


On the contrary, prisons have their disadvantages and inadequacies. And many court cases have arisen due to these.

             To begin with, ...

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