While I agree in principle with most of what you say, Im not so sure we have the resources or the Will, to do that much work on criminals. Especially since we barely pay much attention to people as their in their early training stages of criminality. We're still caught up debating nature vs. nurture vs. both - in even the simplest and/or non-offending of behaviors.(like being gay, or a socio-path)<quoted text>
People offend for a reason. Something causes them to do so. We can address a criminal's actions by punishment each time they offend or we can address the root cause of their offending to stop them doing it again.
Yes, however, shouldn't the point be to prevent criminals re-offending and to show there are far reaching consequences for criminal actions?
I agree. So what is to prevent the best approach being changing a persons behaviour in some cases?
Seems like it'd require a HUGE Govt program to do this sort of work on the already caught and convicted criminals. Money better spent on intervention type programs for those at most risk of leading a criminal life..???
Certainly an interesting subject to say the least. And certainly one we'll never hear/see our elected employees have. One of many social third rails, huh?