Crime and punishment

Yes, this is the title of one of Dostoevsky’s books, but I found this written in The Brothers Karamazov:
“Why,” began the elder, “all these sentences to exile with hard labour, and formerly with flogging also, reform no-one, and what’s more deter hardly a single criminal. The number of crimes does not diminish but is continually on the increase.”

When you think that 130 years has passed between this view explored by Dostoyevsky and now, with all that has changed, we seem no further in our exploration of the issues than he was, and I would guess that you could find similar passages in Plato, with Socrates challenging the Crime and Punishment agenda.

There is that lovely saying that if you always do what you are always doing you will always get what you always get. I don’t have a clue what the answer is but I know what the question is: What can we do differently for the Crime and Punishment Agenda?

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About Graham Rawlinson

I now have 5 books published as Ebooks http://amzn.to/iOyowj. They feel like part of a life's work, somehow all the different jobs I have had in my life, from postman to psychologist to facilitator of inventions and running a food business, they all build into a way of loving life, the ups and the downs. I hope you like the blogs I write, and then like the books I write. I hope you will want to take some time out of your life to share some thoughts with me. For that, I thank you. Graham
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