Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
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Crime and Punishment

This subject is not very Christmassey, but from time to time someone writes in our local paper about how we need to get tougher on criminals, and someone else will respond about how jails don't deter crime, they just manufacture worse criminals. That leads to more letters about if Canada should have a death penalty. I wanted to find out what you all think about some of these issues.



Poll #1308804 Crime and Punishment

In the majority of cases, do you believe that a jail sentence deters the offender from committing further crimes?

Yes
13(19.1%)
No
30(44.1%)
I'm not sure
24(35.3%)
Other (what?)
1(1.5%)

Besides murder, do you think that there are some crimes that always call for a jail sentence as punishment?

Yes
55(82.1%)
Not necessarily
6(9.0%)
I'm not sure
3(4.5%)
I don't think murder always calls for a jail sentence
3(4.5%)
Other (what?)
0(0.0%)

Besides murder, which of the following crimes listed below do you think should always be met with at least a minimum jail sentence, regardless of the circumstances of the offender? (Select as many as apply).

I don't think there are any offences that fall in that category.
4(6.0%)
Manslaughter (causing the death of someone without intending it)
0(0.0%)
Sexual assault
0(0.0%)
Sexual assault against a child
0(0.0%)
Impaired driving
0(0.0%)
Impaired driving causing death or bodily harm
0(0.0%)
Impaired driving causing death
0(0.0%)
Robbery
0(0.0%)
Breaking and entering to someone's home
0(0.0%)
Domestic violence
0(0.0%)
Violence against children
0(0.0%)
Kidnapping
0(0.0%)
Crimes involving the use of a firearm
0(0.0%)
Crimes involving the use of a weapon
0(0.0%)
Violence against senior citizens
0(0.0%)

Some countries (such as Canada) will sometimes allow a person convicted of a crime to serve their sentence in their own home (perhaps with an ankle bracelet). Do you think this is a good idea?

Yes
8(11.8%)
Yes, but in very rare cases
32(47.1%)
No
21(30.9%)
I'm not sure
7(10.3%)
Other (what?)
0(0.0%)

Do you agree with California's "three strikes you're out" law, which imposes life sentences for offenders convicted of at least three serious offences?

Yes
32(47.1%)
No
20(29.4%)
I'm not sure
16(23.5%)
Other (what?)
0(0.0%)

Are you in favour of the death penalty for murder?

Yes
10(14.7%)
Yes, but only in certain circumstances (e.g. murder of a law enforcement officer, murder of a child, multiple murders)
20(29.4%)
No, not under any circumstances
31(45.6%)
I favour it not just for murder, but for other crimes as well (tell us which ones in a comment)
3(4.4%)
Other (what?)
4(5.9%)
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