Criminal Profiling

Janesville, Wisconsin
January 19, 2007 3:46pm CST
Criminal Profiling Do you think it is fair for people to judge others based on their criminal records? Do you believe people who have commited crimes or offenses in the past will continue to repeat these crimes or offenses, or do you believe they can be rehabiliated and turned around? - DNatureofDTrain
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@loudcry (1044)
• India
20 Jan 07
It seems unfair to judge a person by his past criminal record. Nevertheless, private concerns have to take these steps in order to maintain the security of other employees. This question can be applied to all people in general. Is it fair to judge people based on their past performance? When a person seeks a job his education ,experience are looked into. In my opinion this is only fair, the past is the window into ones future. It could be unfair if a person 'turns into a new leaf'. In any case a retrospective judgement is far better than a prospective judgement. Trying to judge a person by what he is capable of doing in future,irrespective of the past , is opening the pandoras box. This would include genetic profiling and its likes ,which again have a lot of grey areas. In conclusion, individuals try to make their environment as safe as possible, and one cant stop them from doing so. Criminal profiling is one of the imperfections we will have to live with.
• United States
20 Jan 07
I have to agree with you although I am sure some people trying to turn thier life around get caught in this people do have to look out for themselves .I think it depends on how long ago the last issue was and if they have shown by thier life style that they are trying to change . Owners of bussness put thier own money in them and they want to protect it if you cann't trust your empolies you are in trouble .
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
20 Jan 07
I know people can turn there lives around I knew 270 people who did, and it was not just a fluke.... I am one who did dramatically turn my life around... But people see a record, they close the books, Who cares if I was honest 100% ... I will even tell you what I did wrong in the past, I do not try to hide it. I am not perfect.. but dang it... People then wonder in some cases why criminals start reoffending. I can tell you, it is because people treated them like they never changed, they never give them a chance, they are rude to them they never drop it, and eventually they give up trying to be good, and start to reoffend as no one will allow them even a chance to show they have changed. I have watched this happen to some good people until it drove them literally crazy, until they gave up and got themselves into even worse trouble.... People can grow smarter, people can grow dumber, peoples actions can change....profiling, criminal or character to me seems stupid unless they are constant reoffender...and Shown clearly they refuse to change. - DNatureofDTrain
@loudcry (1044)
• India
21 Jan 07
I agree that people can change, but my point is that other people should not be forced to take responsibility or have to put their own lives in danger . At the end of the day the mantra is survival of the fittest. But it's a free world today, anybody can make it big. If one come with a baggage he will simply have to try harder.
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@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I don't think it is fair to judge people based solely on their criminal (or non-criminal) background. My husband has a minor charge (disorderly conduct) on this record and he is constantly judged on that. People don't ask what it was for (disorderly conduct is used for so many different things) - they just pass him off as a bad person - which he isn't.
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
20 Jan 07
I know how your husband feels MakDomMom... - DNatureofDTrain
@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Thank you for your compassion.
@chips85 (91)
• India
17 Mar 07
People all about go about doubting all people. And especially if a person has a criminal record there is more reason to do so. I think it is fair to have a certain degree of mistrust as a form of self defence which always comes first.
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
17 Mar 07
I agree with you. And As far as criminals goes. Just because a person has a clean record does not mean they are not as capable of committing crimes in the first place... How many people have we seen on TV it was well trusted members in the community, that had never done anything wrong, that all of sudden committed a big crime.... I believe in treating everyone with respect and kindess regardless of their records, but also taking caution around everyone to keep myself and my friends and family safe. .. After all Everyone criminal started out with a clean record. - DNatureofDTrain
@kritipen (4083)
• United States
20 Jan 07
It is very not unfair for people to judge people based on their criminal record, afterall every person gets an idea of every other only through their past. But it is certainly wrong to act on their judgement and show open resentment which may make the person more resistant and become unrepentive of what they have done. Rehabilitation programme will prove to provide a better remedy for the person.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
20 Jan 07
In many cases it does not even have to be a rehablitation program, Just having alot of support around you helps... Support, loving, and caring is what changes lives around. Not hate, and judgement, and insults... or making a person more angry and upset, which usually can lead a criminal into reoffending by emotional triggers. - DNatureofDTrain