Restitution vs. Modern Jail System
Imagine a society where criminals didn’t go to jail! (Screams)
No, seriously. What if criminals didn’t go to jail?
Its not as bad as it might sound. What if they gave back what they stole or destroyed, and gave two, three, or even four times as much? If a bank robber got caught, he would be tried, and the amount of money that he stole revealed. Then, he would have to either pay it back, plus extra for having inconvenienced the victim. This would make criminals a whole lot less likely to rob, kill and pillage, because they’d have to pay it back, plus a bunch extra. But what if a criminal can’t pay? He can work, and 40%, 60%, or more of his pay goes to the victim, until its payed off.
But, why is our modern jail system inadequate? Maybe because its obviously so lucrative that private companies are building and operating jails for the government! And, the victims get nothing, but having the man get locked up. The government benefits, and the jails and their operators somehow benefit, but the victims don’t get anything, and get to pay for the criminals bed and board. And, when they get out of jail, they go right back to what they were doing! Why? Because they’re locked up with other criminals. They broaden their contacts, and learn better ways of doing things. If the same criminal had to work, and get an honest living, he’d be constantly supervised, and be separated, mostly, from bad influences that would make him want to go back to a crime life. All in all, restitution wins out. It benefits the victim, benefits the criminal (in a good way!) and benefits society by eliminating most of its criminals.