April 6, 2014
Shame should be used more often than Imprisonment
In Today’s judicial system, imprisonment is being used more than shaming individuals when they commit a crime. It is better to shame an individual on a crime committed, such as stealing an item from a retail store, than giving a severe imprisonment sentence. Embarrassing an individual can hurt more than spending a substantial amount of time in prison doing nothing and not learning valuable lessons from the actual crime that was committed. Such mindful and senseless crimes, such as stealing clothing from a department store or maybe even DVD’s from a video store. The government should employ shaming and embarrassing for petty crime and that would leave more room in prisons for serious criminals. Back in the biblical times, whenever someone had broken on of the ten commandments they used shame versus imprisonment. “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shalt not eat of it: Cursed is the ground for thy sake: in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.” (The Holy bible, Gen.3:17). In other words removing Adam and Eve after, they had eaten the first fruit of the forbidden tree that the serpent told Eve to eat that was an act of punishment. In her essay “Condemn the Crime, Not the Person.” June Tangney expresses that: Judges across the country are sentencing offenders to parade around in public carrying signs broadcasting their crimes, to post signs on their front lawns warning neighbors of their vices, and to display “drunk driver” bumper stickers on their cars (Para 2, page 570). Analyzing the modern reemergence shame as an alternative than traditional sentencing, judges should enforce shaming into their court systems, more than imprisonment. Shaming an individual could result in fewer inmates in prison and more room for individuals who...
Cited: Aaron S. Book, Shame On You: An analysis of modern Shame Punishment as an Alternative to Incarceration, 40wm. & Mary L. Rev.653(1999), http://scholarship.law.wm.edu/wmlr/vol40/iss2/8
Kahan, M. Dan. “Shame Is Worth a Try.” Models for writers 11ed. EDS. Alfred Rosa. Paul Eschholz. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012.574-576.Print.
Tangney, June. “Condemn the Crime, Not the Person.” Models for writers 11ed. EDS. Alfred Rosa. Paul Eschholz. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012.569-572.Print.
The Holy Bible, King James Version. New York: American Bible Society: 2001.Print.
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