Arguments Against Criminal Reform

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Inside Injustice
Every political figure faces the struggle of law violation and hence, criminal regulation. In the ongoing election of 2016, contenders debate the subject of criminal reform that assists non-violent offenders of the law. Two out of five primary presidential candidates voice their view on criminal reform support the REDEEM and Justice Safety Valve Acts. These acts remove records of non-violent offences on the federal level of juveniles under 15 and allow judges to regulate the minimum mandatory sentence of non-violent offenders to their best interest. Anti-reformists contend that laws exist to maintain order in society, with punishment being the main—if not only – factor that preserves the effectivity of the legal system. Pro-reformists
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Although it is true that all citizens should be guaranteed the rights to life, liberty, and happiness, criminals that take away those rights from others violate Constitutional values. Therefore, they do not apply for constitutional rights. Criminals that deprive others of the rights to life, liberty, and happiness should no more be entitled to those rights than law abiders. In any terms of deprivation, depriving criminals of federal punishment decreases their chances of changing their ways, which discredits the authority of the judicial system. If an estimated 95% of nonviolent releases had an arrest history preceding the arrest which resulted in their imprisonment (Victoria Police Department), then evidently release without punishment must have little to no effect on their behavior. If anything, rehabilitation tactics should be reformed by the judicial system as opposed to reformation of the punishment itself. Punishment and -documentation on non-violent crimes allows juveniles to recover from mistakes and learn from them, the entire purpose of the legal system. The idea that non-violent criminals do not diminish public safety due to their “docile” nature is entirely false. 58% of released prisoners become arrested for a public order offense within five years of release (Slifer). Coincidentally, more than 80% of those nonviolent offenders released from prison have a prior conviction (Bureau of …show more content…
Children have the potential to take after their parents not only physically, not only genetically, but morally as well. 70% children whose parents are criminals are “doomed to follow in the same footsteps as their parents becoming imprisoned at some point in their lives.” In fact, children of incarcerated parents are five times more likely than their peers to commit crimes (Mosely). Should criminals be released to have their children stagger in the shadow of crime? Shockingly, this shadow looms over innocent families as well. Police, judges, officers, and wardens: where does their money come from? Occupations in the judiciary system typically receive pay from government—or do they? Ultimately, taxes fund government jobs. Citizens pay taxes. Citizens pay wardens, police, and correction officers. Why should that money go to waste on an insufficient system? Conviction of more criminals lessens the need for active law enforcement and “government” expenses on police. Although crime pays, it doesn’t pay

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