EVERYONE commits crimes! This is a a proven fact, the thing which influences them is the internal mechanism which calculates the likelihood of being caught and prosecuted. We are all criminals...and/or liars if we say we aren't.<quoted text>We live in a society where prison life truly is easier than "real life" for some people. In prison you get a place to stay, food and health care. Some people don't have that stuff, and that creates desperation. Anyways, your opinion of the "criminal mind" and what not is totally irrelevant - the fact is, deterrents DO NOT WORK. How many times do I need to drill this into your head? No matter how badly we treat our (mostly nonviolent) offenders, people will still commit crime.
The number of statutory offences which do not require intent has spiralled out of control in western countries, in most cases they are reverse onus offences where the defendant has to prove their innocence.
The governments have a vested interest in making as many laws as they possibly can as a means of social control and revenue generation. In the US asset forfeiture legislation is a case in point.
Routine Traffic Stop...legal(or illegal)search finds over $10k...officer seizes money...prosecutor must receive filings in 10 days giving details of the source of the money...if answer not satisfactory(ie. these are my savings and I don't trust banks is not good enough)the money is shared between several US government agencies...the complete removal of 5th amendment right in this case appears to be something which has just slid by unnoticed.