GrahamKennedy wrote:Hypothetical : a pill is developed which, when given to a criminal, instantly and completely rehabilitates them and allows them to be released into society as productive members.
Somebody suggests abolishing not only the death penalty but all prisons, home arrest, fines, and every other form of punishment. "They're pointless now," he says.
Would you be happy to see, say, a murderer treated this way? If not, why not?
GrahamKennedy wrote:Is a long and successful process of rehabilitation the equivalent of being lobotomised?
Mikey wrote:GrahamKennedy wrote:Is a long and successful process of rehabilitation the equivalent of being lobotomised?
I'm not sure how this question is relevant to... well, to anything. No, it isn't, but that's not what you proposed. You proposed a pill to do it instantly, which would necessarily mean a significant alteration of brian function through chemical means. I would call that a modern equivalent, yes.
colmquinn wrote:The the B5 section ,Passing through Gethsemane (the rehabilitation of a murderer by removing his memories of the crimes & making them model members of society) deals with this topic does it not? The reactions of the people who try to kill the offender would be the reaction I think of many people - "they made me suffer now they get off with just a pill" - I think you'd need to mass medicate the entire population to have people accept it.
GrahamKennedy wrote:how it might be done is beside the point.
colmquinn wrote:Do you mean from an offender point of view or from the side of a victim of a crime?
Mark wrote:I disagree. I think it's central to any decision I might make on the topic.
GrahamKennedy wrote:Mark wrote:I disagree. I think it's central to any decision I might make on the topic.
If you can't/won't accept the hypothetical, that's fine.
GrahamKennedy wrote:colmquinn wrote:Do you mean from an offender point of view or from the side of a victim of a crime?
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