America V UK Crime Debate

@wolfie34 (26793)
United Kingdom
November 20, 2007 2:28pm CST
Why is it that compared to the USA, The UK is far too soft, lenient and lenient on criminals? I have seen both programmes in America about cops and in this country and I can't believe the difference! In the UK criminals are given soft sentences and the justice system is a joke, there is no deterrant. If criminals are caught they are given cautions or ridiculous small sentences which are automatically halved on entry to prison, if they get that far! Serious crimes are given laughable sentences. Yet it seems in America just for running away from the police you are sentenced. Sentences in America are heavier and they don't take any nonsense from criminals. Why aren't there proper deterrants? Why is the justice system so soft? Why aren't the powers to be doing more to stop the criminal having more rights than the victims? People wonder why crime is so high. But when crime pays and criminals rights are of top priority someone has to say enough is enough! So shouldn't UK adopt USA policy about criminals and toughen up? What do you think about the whole criminal debate, are we too soft on criminals?
6 responses
• China
21 Nov 07
Well, I don't live in America, neither do I live in the UK. I live in China.As all know, the crime is so lower than both in the UK and in the USA.And why? As all Know too, In China the criminals are given heavier sentences than both in the UK and in the USA. Of course,there is the execution in China.Maybe that is brutal.But if the criminals are given soft and lenient sentence,what are the virtuous persons given? In my opinion, the virtuous persons are given heavy and brutal sentence,if the criminals are given soft and lenient sentence.
@mummymo (23707)
26 Nov 07
I think we are quite complex - we are far too soft on serious crimes such as assaults and rape etc whereas when it comes to the silly non violent cases drastic punishments are often handed out! I think a lot of the problem comes down to the fact that our prisons are bursting at the seams and short staffed - quite often those who do make it as far as prison get to spend too much time watching satellite tv and playing pool - or suing the government cos they have to slop out - hello it is supposed to be a punishment! I think way too often the justoce is far more concerned about the criminals humans rights than they are about those of the victim! xxx
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
26 Nov 07
Oh definitely the victim is persecuted and the criminal is given a holiday or paid compensation. It's a joke, I'd laugh if it wasn't so true xxx
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
22 Nov 07
Honey someone has misinformed you about USA...Many people get away with horrible crimes. About 20 years ago a young girl was murder,left in the snow in a sandpit...while she was alive he cut her nipples off and other creul things.. When the police came to his house he ran out to them saying that he had done it,etc.. Well in steps lawyer and gets him off because the cops hadn't read him his right prior to his statement. Once it was dropped he could not be tried again .. The prisons here have huge screen tvs,cable,free college,great weight and excersize rooms, They are fed 3 meals and snacks a day, given the clothes and shoes they wear,free medical and dental( many USA citizens don't have)...all of their needs are met. Don't get me wrong..I do not want crimals to be treated cruelly but to have them treated better then their victims is a slap in the face! Sorry I went off... Hugs Sweets xoxoxoxoxo
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov 07
Please don't apologize, as you can I am passionate about this subject, thanks for sharing and it's good to have a rant xxxxxxx
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
21 Nov 07
There are many people here in the United States who would tell you that we are too soft on crime and criminals, wolfie. I often hear of criminals who get a much stiffer sentence for a minor crime than for murder. I believe that no matter what country is involved the justice system is unfair. Justice seems to be available for a price in many cases. The wealthy seldom have to pay a price for their crimes, while the poor always seem to get the book thrown at them.
• India
21 Nov 07
crime ought to be curbed. It is not the criminals pose danger to the social norms. The instincts that encircle the otherwise plaintiff minds of the young genre of today,needs a fresh round of treatment in this regard.The general thought that might behold the mindset of the Uk might be the crimes curb and not the criminals.The crimes should be stopped and the measures as required should be implemented.The punishments might just not make sense as much as is the curb on the crime rates itself.
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• United States
22 Nov 07
...There was a toddler that lived across the street from my girlfriend several years ago. I can remember wondering why she was outside in just a diaper and slippers when there was snow on the ground. I knocked on their door and took her inside. The mother made some lame excuss and I left. ...At the time I worked in a pediatric hospital. While I was in the intensive care unit several mornings later, I got to hear the autopsy report on her. It normally takes an act of God to deture my appetite, however, I will never forget what I heard. Just the amount of blood in this little girls head was 27 time greater than normal. I cannot describe the brutality done to her body with out gagging, shaking and crying. ...Why am I telling you this? Crystal was the 5th child killed by the mother's boyfriend. He killed his own 5 month old son by putting antifreeze in his bottle. Can you say loop holes? ...All I can say is the US needs tougher laws to keep repeat offenders behind bars or exterminated. ...Forgive me. It seems lame to wish you peace after such an entry, however, peace starts within you and I.=(^;^)= Della