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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Viewpoint: What would a world without prisons be like?
There have been prisons in most of the countries.
A prison is a facility where inmates are confined and live with restricted conditions and limited freedoms as punishment for their crimes. So, prisons are supposed to prevent, deter, or reduce crimes, aren’t they? Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any clear link between imprisonment and the crime rate. In fact, the crime rate by former prisoners, or re-offenders rate, isn’t as low as it’s supposed to be, nearly 40% in England. Also, the rate of convicted offenders among people in minority or poverty groups is higher than the others. So, there may be wider economic, structural, and psychological harms are being committed by the majority or powerful. Another aspect to look at prisoners is the type of crime they committed. Nowadays, there are more non-violent offenders among male prisoners. So, what are prisons for? Of course, preventing crimes from happening is the best way. Also, restorative justice, or a truth and reconciliation process, is another effective way to prevent initial offenders from committing a crime again. After all, justice isn’t just about punishment. Social justice and people’s involvement seem to work more effectively to prevent crimes than simply confining offenders.
Enjoy watching the video and imagine a world without prisons.