Why is helping people being soft on crime?
January 28, 2010 10:42 AM Subscribe
Crime and Punishment...or Counseling? Based on this
, I would like to know about research,books, etc on that. Why are so many people ready to throw someone in jail, repeatedly, rather than get them counseling to help that person get into a better life?
posted by sio42 to human relations (30 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I am specifically interested in studies, books, documentaries, on WHY the average citizen would think it was a waste of resources to rehabiliate people.
I understand that there are poorly managed programs that have left people skeptical and things like that.
I feel like I hear a lot about how much prison costs yet at the same time, there are so many calls to be "hard on crime". We've all heard ridiculous stories about the 3 Strikes laws in California and other places.
I want help understanding that mind-frame. I'm not saying I don't feel like some people should be locked up away from society forever. I just want to understand the people who think that about the majority of law-breakers, regardless of the offense.
I'm definitely not sure of the right words to describe what I'm looking to understand, so I might need help pinpointing that. This is more than liberal/conservative, democrat/republican issue. I want to understand the psychology behind why people think this way, if possible.