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DonFerrari said:
vivster said:


The best punishment for financial crimes is financial punishment. That means stripping them off their wealth forever until they can pay back what they stole plus fine and as an added bonus community work on weekends. It's a lot healthier than prison and it's beneficial for everyone.

Prison should be to protect people on the outside from violent people not as an extended slap on the wrist. A violent person goes there to cool off, so that he may become non-violent once he is released. There is really no point in putting non-violent people there. At some point the harshness of the punishment becomes irrelevant and there is no difference between doing community work for life or rotting in prison.

In my opinion punishment should focus more on the improvement of the individual and society rather than just be pure punishment with no benefit whatsoever.

Good luck finding every single penny of money that person defrauded to take back, also good luck on preventing that outside of jail he don't use his network to still benefit old acquaintances and indirectly receive enough "help" that he lives a comfortable life outside of jail even doing "community work".

There isn't many things more violent than robbing trillion dollars from taxpayers and through very inneficient healthcare, security and others see thousand people die. That is much more violent than shooting someone. 

Do you really believe that someone who's just been sentenced for financial crimes and lost all of his possessions will just go out and do major crimes again? Do you believe his associates will still associate with someone who's monitored? If you believe that a person cannot stop doing crimes even after they've been sentenced you might as well just kill them. No amount of prison time will change that person.

The problems you are describing are rooted in the system and not single individuals. Capturing them and throwing them in jail won't help anyone and be nothing more than a drag on society. Kill them or set them free, prison is a no-win game.

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