Indeed, it is feared by most, if not all, individuals, who, at the same time, could only pray that fate might be kinder to them in a way that they will not fall as victims of crimes or preys of the roaring predators.
When a particular crime is completed, as common knowledge, it undeniably causes rage, anger, and a seemingly intuitive feeling and wanting of vengeance by individuals and families who are directly or indirectly affected by it. "An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth" is a popular bible verse, perhaps, a saying, which denotes an equal punishment to the crime that has been done. It must also be the thought that victims of crimes and their families have in their hearts and minds. In this regard, prompt punishment of the offenders is the common plea of the families who lost their loved ones, or even just an individual whose belongings are stolen by a thief. This would mean that, be it major or minor, crime offenders must be punished.
On the other hand, in his research-study entitled "The myth of punitiveness", Roger Matthews (2005) shares that there is now a common belief, or consensus, that the modern people are becoming more puniti...
This would mean that the contemporary society and the politicians who want the people's support are now demanding more punishment for criminals and other offenders (Matthews, 2005). Moreover, David Garland (2001) also claims that the contemporary society is now witnessing the advent of an era of punitiveness (as cited in Matthews, 2005: 179).
In regard to the aforementioned facts, this paper shall dissect the evidences pertaining to allegations of this generation's punitiveness. As such, this paper aims to primarily answer this significant research question:
What evidence is there that the public and policy makers are becoming more punitive
Additionally, in order to support the answer to the main question, the following relevant queries must also be asked:
Is there a truth that policy makers are becoming more punitive
Is public opinion the force that urges the policy makers to impose punitive actions on criminals
Furthermore, the answers for the aforesaid question must be duly based on relevant literatures and reputable references, which will guide us in the discussion and analysis portions herein, as well as in the formulation of a logical conclusion. On the other hand, theoretical perspectives, varying viewpoints, and empirical evidences shall also be presented to augment the explanation and thereby exemplifying the essence of this paper.
Discussion and Analysis
The concepts of crime and punishment
Thus, it is impractical to try to 'cure' crime
-Wilson and Herrnstein, 1986 (as cited in Muncie & Wilson, 2004: 6)
The concepts of crime and punishment have already been noted ever since biblical times. The bible relates stories of crimes in terms of