Punishment And The Abolition Of Imprisonment

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Imprisonment records a conviction and detains the offender within jail for an assigned amount of time. The offender completely is removed of any freedom or liberty and placed under high security and regulation. However, statistics of the rise in imprisonment have risen arguments about its ineffectiveness stating offenders have not been rehabilitated or recovered after their imprisonment. To an extent, imprisonment is unsuccessful in preventing reoffending or assisting the offender’s progress to recovery and adaptation into society. Elements of sentencing purposes, prison circumstances and culture, and whether the abolishment of imprisonment would be beneficial underlines imprisonment still plays a crucial role in the criminal justice system (Humphreys, 2006, pp.119-120).

In order to be effective imprisonment like other sanctions, seeks to accomplish all purposes of criminal sanctions. Section 5 (1) of the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic.) features the aims of sanctions; punishment, deterrence, rehabilitation, denunciation and protection. When deciding a sentence suitable to the crime committed, a judge has to consider all these aims and purposes. Punishment exists for society to acknowledge there is retribution to unlawful acts and for the satisfaction of society and the state who have been wronged. This also prevents the victim feeling that they have not been compensated for their damages and from desiring to seek revenge themselves. Deterrence is the aim to establish the
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