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What if prisoners were given a choice...

Either go to jail and be re-educated, or forever leave society and go live on an abandoned island. In my mind, people who consistently commit crimes are just not cut out for society. But just because they were born into this society, doesn't mean they should be forced to live in it. So if someone is not cut out for society, why don't we give them the choice to leave society?

It's a bit of a wild idea, and I don't mean to sound harsh towards anyone who has ever committed a crime. I just believe that people shouldn't be forced to live in the society they were born and raised in, and if their given society turns out to not fit them, then instead of throwing them away in jail, committing them to misery and wasting taxpayers money, why not allow them to leave this society and go somewhere more suitable.

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    Feb 14 2013: Your question lumps together everyone who commits a crime into a category that assumes, essentially, they cannot be redeemed and are therefore worthless. There are many people who commit crimes because of ignorance or lack of awareness of the law, out of desperation (read Les Miserables, e.g.), who are protesting an unjust state (civil disobedience), or who are mentally ill or developmentally challenged. Your question also, seemingly, lumps together all types of criminals, from those who commit petty crimes to hardcore felons.

    Your question also ignores the potential prisoners have to contribute back to society, not only to help us learn about their problems and hopefully prevent them from being repeated in others, but also in terms of the labor they often do on our behalf.

    Lastly, though this is perhaps an unpopular view, the goal of a society is to care for all of its members, even those who break the law. They don't need to live in luxury, but the social contract should be a two-way street.

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