Contributed Blog Article By Terry Cope
In a recent debate the subject of punishment and the death penalty raised the temperature somewhat.
I thought it would be interesting to find out different peoples view on Crime and Punishment.
In my opinion since the 1950s society’s morals, justice and punishment have all taken a nosedive, and been watered down.
Starting from the banning of corporal punishment in school, teachers have slowly lost the respect and control of their pupils.
Now the pupils dominate the teachers “with their rights”.
Some disrupt the lessons day after day with impunity, causing problems for those that want to learn.
A teacher shouting at a pupil is “bullying or causing mental anguish”
A teacher is commonly assaulted and if they put up a defence they are charged with assault.
A teacher is commonly accused of sexual assault, many times without proof (yet are still arrested, fingerprinted, DNA tested, and suspended), and if proved innocent still have this hanging over their heads for the rest of their career, while nothing is done to the pupil who set this in motion.
Punishment available, “expelling them” (this is what most of them want), giving them treats ( a hamburger for good behaviour) schooling cut down to one day a week.
In fact no punishment.
Juvenile Crime, (carried on from junior years) well before the years of leaving school these children have learnt that punishment is to be laughed at, so have no fear or respect (most times backed by their parent, or parents) of the law, and the level of their crimes rises from petty to serious, including burglary, car crime, theft, and robbery.
Punishment, caution after caution, then a short spell inside Her Majesty’s Hotel, with their in-cell colour TV, Game boy’s, x-boxes, gyms, and three square meals.
Once again no punishment.
Finally, the big one Murder.
The most controversial one.
Since debate about this subject is irrelevant due to Europe and our “so called Leaders” consciences not allowing a referendum this is purely hypothetical.
We have in the past 50 years seen many mass murderers including some purely evil characters, Hindley and Brady, the Wests, Shipman, Bird, and many more who have committed the most heinous of crimes.
For the Press and Media murder has become common place, taking a back place (unless it’s mass murder) mainly put on page three or further back if some “2nd rate celebrity” has broken her nail.
We now have regularly children and babies killed, people kicked to death for telling off thugs, and pensioners murdered for the penny’s in their purses.
Punishment, as little as 6 months up to 14 years and with time off for good behaviour 7/8 years.
This is now the price of a human life to the British Justice System.
What is your opinion, and more to the point what is your solution?