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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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Friday 8am 27th December session: Crime and Punishment

mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
edited December 2019 in People and Society
A common debating topic revolves around capital punishment. Many countries now have abolished this though in some states in the US and other countries still favour it as the ultimate form of punishment for crimes like murder and drugs related felonies.

But does a death sentence or long prison sentence discourage crime? What is appropriate? Britain, Australia and the USA have some of the longest sentences and largest numbers of prisons. It is arguable that the punishment much influence however, and the crimes will still be committed.

What do you think?

This article gives a good introduction to the subject:

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