Theories of Corrections Today in Age
It is easy to say that today in age we are living in a society where nothing comes to a surprise anymore. One can say we have seen it all with all that has happened in recent years. The newspapers and media seem to only give information on crimes and terrorism recently. In viewing all of this day by day one can say society has adopted a “get tough” attitude to adjust to the occasions. One has to ask there selves “how do we handle these events of crimes?” Some states are going back to their old ways and even making up some new laws or ways of handling crimes and criminals. One can agree with both that things have and have not changed on the theories of corrections. Most still believe in retribution where if a crime is committed one has to be punished accordingly to the seriousness and intensity of the crime. On the other hand some believe in rehabilitation for example probation or drug and anger management programs for the nonviolent criminals. Whatever it may be there are various theories of corrections all with their own reasons.
The first theory of correction is retribution. According to Pojman L. (2004) retribution when it comes to a crime is not looked upon as a form of revenge which is done out of anger but a theory that the criminal that committed the crime should get punished based on the crime committed teaching them a lesson. Depending on the crime, punishment can range from a long jail term to even the death penalty. Whether one agrees on playing god and determining if one should live or not has always been discussed but according to the Death Penalty Information Center (2011) thirty four out of the fifty states have the death penalty and in the years of 2000 through 2007 there have been a average of five death penalties a year. So whether one agrees with it or not the death penalty is in full affect...