Prison Sentencing Vs Determinism

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When taking into consideration of prison sentences or punishment in general, sentencing committees have the moral duty to consider the criminal’s desires, motives, free will, and moral responsibility. In addition, they should look into whether their decisions are incompliance with consequentialist or retributive jurisdiction and if they are compatible with utilitarianism and if it truly maximizes utility in order to benefit the society. Thus, upon their views, this leaves the discretion of the group to either the maximum and minimum limits there should be to the conviction and the need to place emphasis on justification and punishment when considering offenses. In order to determine a person’s sentencing, there is reason to look into how…show more content…
To define, determinism is the facts of the past, in conjunction with the basics of nature, and entails the truth about the future. In other words, an individual’s past actions will affect their future. In contrast, indeterminism suggests that the past has nothing to do with nature and the future; that events occur randomly. Basing off the two distinctions of whether or not determinism is true, there are two categories discussed that present determinism and its relativity to free will; compatibilism and incompatibilism. Compatilist believe that determinism is compatible with human freedom given that there are no agents constraining us from free will, while incompatibilist either are/are not for…show more content…
This is what the courts have seemed rightful to punish them for their crimes. In addition to these institutions are some that implement the death penalty; the maximum limit to prison sentences. I firmly believe in the death penalty as the maximum sentence as it is the worst possible outcome for a person, losing their life. In conjunction though, this punishment is only to be inflicted on criminals who do the worst of the worst, such as terrorists who have killed many citizens, mass shooters, serial killers, and repeated offenders of rape; all of which must lack discrepancies of psychological behaviors or decisions and had free will of their choices and desire to commit their crimes. While the death penalty does conflict with utilitarianism, I believe that getting rid of such people as above, will maximize the communities’ happiness as they would no longer be a burden to our society; through space limitations, harm toward guards, and monetary expenses (debatable). But, there is also the realization that not all of the prisons are filled with people as mentioned above. Many include individuals with pasts of drug offenses. In prison sentences, the minimum limit is 5 years for adults involved with drug felonies and 1year for those under the age of 21. Some suggest their incarceration time as ineffective while others demand more. Considering the situation, it is safe to say that the
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