Should The Purge Be Legal For 12 Continuous Hours? Essay

819 Words Apr 13th, 2016 4 Pages
“Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours. Police, fire and emergency medical services will be unavailable until tomorrow morning at 7: 00 AM when the Purge concludes” rings through the radio and television sets of nearly three hundred and twenty million U.S. citizens ("The Purge (2013) Movie Script | SS."). The 2013 release of “The Purge” has given us a very interesting insight into the world of legalized and decriminalized crime, with no emergency services, murder and rampage throughout the country, and fighting to survive for a total of twelve hours. But is it really all that bad? Would decriminalizing all crime make the world turn into savages or is it not the cinematic experience you thought it would be? Only a select few countries have worked on legalizing some or most of the crimes that us United States citizens are accustomed to such as drugs and other influential substances. Take for instance our European friends in Portugal. In 2001, Portugal rid themselves of laws against personal possession of drugs and other influential substances ("Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?" ). The governing forces of Portugal legalized these substances in hopes of dropping their addiction rate. All prison or jail time usually sentenced for these crimes was amended to providing treatment for those ashamed of seeking their own help. A recent study on overall drug use and livelihood of addicts was released…

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