Crime Vs. Crime prevention

by PatriciaMarchessault on Novembre 12, 2014 - 11:04pm

 

The article “Spend Money on Crime Prevention Instead of Prison” was published on June 26th, 2014 in the journal The Independent. In this article, the author claims that the money that was being used to build jails and to hold criminals in prison should be transferred and used to reduce crime instead.  The author also states that taxpayers’ money is not being used effectively to prevent crime. He suggests a few strategies on how to spend this money more efficiently. For example, he suggests to support single parents and to help people with mental health and alcohol problems in order to prevent future crimes. Is it ethical to spend more of the taxpayer’s money on jails and prisoners rather than spend it more on crime prevention? This is the specific question in this case. The general ethical question would be: Is it ethical to spend so much money on criminals?