Essay on Retributive Justice: Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

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Crime and punishment has made some tremendous changes since the early modern time of the 1600s. A period where a wife, could be found guilty of being a scold, in other words, nagging her husband. Punishments for this crime consist of the wife being duck into the river or pond using a ducking stool that is said to still exist in Canterbury in Kent. The Scold’s Bridle was another form of punishment us for a nagging wife, she was made to wear this bridle as a form of embarrassment for her actions against her husband. In early modern times the homeless made people uncomfortable and scared because of the change in the land that cause them to move from their traditional rural livelihood and became known as vagabonds. If the homeless were …show more content…
Is this cited correctly? Criminal cases should receive punishment according to the severity of the crime. In my research I found the question that ask who decides what a faire punishment should be? No matter what the crime, the debt to society or persons affected, someone has to repay. For some minor thefts, jail time is not really cost effective and appropriate in some cases. Giving them community service, garnishing their wages making them publicly apologize may work for crimes such as littering, public indecent exposure or theft. For the big time thieves, yes, jail is the answer for people that shouldn't be on the streets. If it takes a lifetime in jail for those types of criminals to completely reform themselves, so be it. As theft is one of the 10 commandments, God probably has a more severe punishment in store, but as He is more forgiving than our justice system, I am sure He will give the individual a chance to redeem himself.
Does our punishment really fit the crimes? Some would not agree depending on the crime committed. Our society is and has been a more of an eye for an eye when it comes to punishment. In history most view punishment as an “eye for an eye” to make the punishment fit the crimes. Example of this is “If a builder builds a house for someone, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built falls in and kills its owner, then that builder shall be put to death. If it kills the…