The Crime Of The State Of Florida Essay

861 Words Dec 11th, 2016 4 Pages
The Legislature for the state of Florida will convene to discuss a bill to double the maximum prison term for persons convicted of armed robbery. The FBI 's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program defines robbery as "the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and by putting the victim in fear."(www.fbi.gov). Aggravated robbery is a serious crime of theft, resulting in psychological and physical injuries to victims. As the Criminologist advisor to one of the representatives who will hear the merits of the bill and vote to implement or discard this statement, the following are my recommendations:
Objectives of the bill
The objective of the bill is to serve as a deterrent to the crime. The authors of the bill are seeking to make the punishment for the crime such that criminals would fear the punishment much more than the spoils of the offense. The prison experience is already harsh, doubling the sentence is hoped to dissuade would-be offenders from committing such crimes and previous offenders from recidivism. Politicians would portray to the public their crime-fighting initiatives that will then have a better sense of being secure in their homes, work and their daily lives.
Goals of the bill
This bill aims to enhance the deterrent effect on a particular crime, victim retribution and political bragging. It is the hope of the framers of this law, doubling the sentences would…

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