Putting violent felons in a gladiatorial match to the death for Reduction of Violent Crimes, this would be of Economic Benefits to the People and Prison Systems
Dealing with violent crimes is expensive. Violent crime such as murder, robberies, rapes, and assaults, which often result in imprisonment, impose economic cost on the US government due to the great costs of running prison systems. The victims of such crime also incur losses, which could be through loss of property physical or emotional tolls. In areas with high level of crimes, the value of property is lowered, insurance of premiums increase and people fear investing in crime torn areas. Violent crimes impose great cost on taxpayer who has to pay the cost of maintaining the police and fund the operation conducted by the police while fighting crimes. Additionally, taxpayers bear the costs of maintaining courts, jails, prisons that are created for fighting crimes. This paper focuses on the economic benefits of crime reduction to the people and the prison systems.
One of the reasons felons should be put in a gladiatorial match to death is to reduce the cost they impose on the taxpayers. Currently, taxpayer bears the cost of protection crimes by funding police operations. Additionally, the taxpayers have to bear the burden of maintaining the prisoners. The annual cost of maintaining a single inmate in a California prison is approximately $22, 000. Additionally, thousands of dollars requires to be set aside to expand this prison to reduce overcrowding. The prison budget for Californian prison is approximately $8.2 billion in addition to approximately $4 billion that is required for expansion process. This cost is higher than the cash spent on higher education. If the violent felons were put in a gladiatorial match to the death, the above cost would not be incurred. The above scenario is not just in the Californian State but also in most of the prisons in United States and in many parts of the word. The scenario is even worse in urban areas developing countries where the crime rates are high and taxpayers can hardly maintain the correctional facilities and fund the operation of the police and justice system. The taxpayers’ money is being spent in dealing with crimes at the expense of other public services such as education and health. The taxpayers’ money is being spent in dealing with crimes at the expense of other public services such as education and health (Kirchhoff 1-6).
Another reason why violent felons should be put in a gladiatorial match to the death is to reduce the level of crime. There has been an alarming increase in the number of crimes within United States. This is because most felons get back in crime life after serving their imprisonment. Previously, prisons acted as rehabilitation centers where criminals were given a chance to reform. However, overcrowding in the prisons has transformed prisons into more of imprisonment facilities than correctional ones. Most violent felons do not reform while in prison and go back to crime after completing their sentence. However, if the violent felons were put in a gladiatorial match to the death they would have no chance of getting back into crimes, which would lead to reduced crime rates. Incarceration has not reduced the crime rates in United States and thus not a solution to crime reduction. Currently, about 500,000 prisoners have been incarcerated due to violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery, and sex offences. Though the criminals are removed from the society for some time, the issue is not resolved since the penalties are not harsh enough. The cases of incarceration are even higher in countries such as Jamaica where violent cases associated with drug dealers are high (Kirchhoff 4-8).
Putting violent felons in a gladiatorial match to the death would help improve the community by making it safe. Gladiatorial match to death would be a good penalty that would help instill fear in persons planning to commit crime. The existing punishments are not harsh enough to prevent prospective felons from committing crimes. In United State, most prisons have registered rapid increase in crimes over the recent past. In 1980, US prisons held less than 500,000 prisoners. However, the number has increased dramatically with about 500,000 persons being incarcerated annually. This demonstrates that existing penalties are not serious enough to deter crime. However, punishments such as putting violent felons in a gladiatorial match to the death will discourage people from committing crime, which will lead to reduction in the prison populations. This would lead to restoration of safety in the society. Additionally, the expenses use in maintenance of law will be reduced. The same case of increased crime irrespective of increased imprisonment has been observed in Canada (Kirchhoff 5-9).
The existing punishments are not harsh enough to deter felons from engaging in violent crimes. This has led to increased incarceration, which has resulted in overcrowding in the prisons. Billions of taxpayer money is being spent to maintain law enforcement police and the just system. It would thus be appropriate to put violent felons in a gladiatorial match to the death to reduce violent crimes, which would be of economic benefits to the people and prison systems. Additionally, the funds spent in curbing crimes would be used to fund other services.
Kirchhoff, Suzanne. “Economic Impacts of Prison Growth.” Congressional Research Service (2010): 1-39.
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