Law & Crime 03

TOPIC

Can more severe punishment prevent crime?

(上記TOPIC、英語で意見を論理的に述べる技術とトレーニング第7章より引用)

Essay

 Some people believe that more severe punishment prevents crime. Other people believe that more severe punishment does not prevent crime. In my opinion, more severe punishment prevents crime but other things should be done at the same time.
 It is obvious that the number of crimes will decrease if more severe punishment is administered. There are people who commit crimes because they know they are not going to be punished seriously. For example, young people commit crimes taking advantage of the fact that juveniles are not going to be punished as severely as adults. Therefore more severe punishment does prevent crime.
 However, more severe punishment is not enough to prevent crime. Education is one of the most effective ways, especially for children, to prevent crime. Schools and parents should teach moral values to children. When it comes to people who commit crimes in desperation, the government should try to take care of everyone all the time.
 As I mentioned above, more severe punishment does prevent crime but it is not enough to eradicate crime. In order to reduce the number of crimes, children should be taught more about moral values and the government should make great effort not to drive people to despair.