The Differences Between Judicial Corporal Punishment And The United States

1327 Words Oct 1st, 2016 6 Pages
This article is an examination into the differences between judicial corporal punishment as implemented by Islamic countries, and incarceration in the United States. Incarceration, particularly in the United States, is widely known to be a massive taxpayer burden— to the tune of over $52 billion per year. In 2012, the annual cost per inmate in the United States was approximately $21,000 for low-risk inmates, and up to $34,000 for high-risk offenders. Additionally, incarceration places a significant financial burden on the offenders themselves, because they would lose their current jobs, and any job prospects they would have in the future. In comparison, the judicial corporal system in Islamic criminal justice system costs significantly less due to the limited reliance on incarceration as a form of penal punishment, and bass little effect on the offender’s employment status. Proponents of the privatization of state and federal prisons in the United States argue that going private would decrease the taxpayer burden, but in actuality, it would increase recidivism rates significantly, which defeats the purpose of privatizing prisons in the first place. In judicial corporal punishment under the Islamic justice system, the majority of the financial burden is placed on the offender’s family, who are expected to rehabilitate and deter the person from committing any further crime. This means that the Islamic criminal justice system spends significantly less money compared to the…

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