Recently, the debate on whether
for each crime should be fixed or elastic has been heated. As far as I am concerned, the debate should depend on the seriousness of the crime. In
essay, I will outline both sides and elaborate on my view.
with, having fixed
can have better deterrent effects.
, standardizing imprisonment for crimes like stealing, those potential criminals may think twice before committing offences. Since the cost for minor crimes can be as short as few days, once excuses are accepted, the crime rate may increase.
, having a standard prison period should be less time-consuming for the jury when handling minor offences.
, well considering the circumstances for separate cases may bring a better outcome to society. To illustrate
, long prison sentences expose offenders to other criminals, who may be accused of a serious misdeed like murder. Since some people may become offenders because of their ignorant but not their characters, spending more time with those with bad personalities may bring negative effect to society.
As a result
, considering the motivation of different criminals may assure they won't be influenced negatively by others who are in jail.
All in all, as
are for helping offenders to rehabilitate, whether elastic or standard
should be applied should depend on which methods will be the best for the society. On top of that, it is undeniable that punishing different crimes at the same time cost less time.
, we should embrace the fact that not everyone is committing offences on purpose.
, elastic consideration shall