John Florez: Renew corrections for the 21st century

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 22, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    The problem with having businessmen decide the punishment for breaking the rules of society is that their fixation on profits and business makes them couch every punishment in terms of money (fines) or in the prevention of the offender to make money (incarceration).

    Fines and incarceration probably just make the disagreement between the individual and society worse. And are a negative in the idea of equal justice for all. Furthermore, the punishment given to an individual may be felt and even be greater to others, like a spouse and kids.

    Punishment should be dependable expected. Punishment should be fair, in the rules and in the mind of the offender. Punishment should be minimized to the innocent. Punishment should not stop the individual from the other obligations to his family and society. Punishment should not relieve the individual from providing his own support. Punishment should be at minimal cost to the taxpayer.

    My suggestions: For sex offenders, desex, temporary or permanent. For violent crimes, paralysis, partial to full. For business crime, prevent the owning or management of along with loss of assets. Etc. etc. etc.