The Judicial Corporal System Of Islamic Criminal Justice System Essay

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Incarceration, especially in the United States, is widely known to be a massive taxpayer burden— to the tune of over $52 billion per year (CITE p414). In 2012, the annual cost per inmate in the United States was approximately $21,000 for low risk inmates, and up to $34,000 for high risk offenders (CITE p386). Additionally, incarceration places a significant financial burden on the offenders themselves, because they would lose their current jobs, and any job prospects they would have in the future. In comparison, the judicial corporal system in Islamic criminal justice system costs significantly less due to the limited reliance on incarceration as a form of penal punishment. Proponents of the privatization of state and federal prisons in the United States argue that going private would decrease taxpayer burden, but in actuality, it would increase recidivism rates significantly, which defeats the purpose of privatizing prisons in the first place (CITE p414). In judicial corporal punishment under the Islamic justice system, the majority of the financial burden is placed on the offender’s family, who are expected to rehabilitate and deter the person from committing any further crime. According to the authors of this article, the judicial corporal punishment system under the Islamic justice system is much more efficient and effective at achieving the penal targets of deterrence and rehabilitation. Theoretically, incarceration does achieve the goal of rehabilitation by forcing
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