|The nations of the world should reconsider the idea of Corporal Punishment for petty crimes.
This would be a very suitable alternative to prison sentences or monetary fines.
Incarceration rarely results in any fundamental social rehabilitation, but it does contribute to employee turnover in the workplace and to strains on basic family relationships.
And neither is fining people a very effective form of punishment: the poor just get a bit poorer while the rich simply pay their fines out of petty cash and forget about it.
But Corporal Punishment in the form of a proper caning is felt more or less equally by all, and it´s a sentence every offender would well remember; furthermore, it would spare the state the on-going cost of caring for more prisoners.
And especially in the case of juvenile offenders, caning should be restored as a legitimate method of correction since everywhere we look we can see their growing lack of common respect for persons and property and their increasing tendency toward violence.
For the young, entering prison often becomes the gateway to a criminal career because it is there that they first meet any real criminals.