From “The Daily Mail”:
Two thirds of serial criminals dodge jail: Thousands with 15 convictions or more ‘let off’ with fines or community service
Instead of being put behind bars, more than 62,000 offenders were given the lesser punishments last year according to shocking new figures. On top of this more than 4,000 walked out of court with only a caution as the figures revealed that serial offenders are less likely to be given a jail sentence today than at any time in the past decade.
One suspects that those responsible for this laissez-faire attitude are not principally the same as those who suffer from it.
The bottom line is;
A) crime usually involves being NASTY to someone else and
B) nobody FORCES you to commit a crime; you make a deliberate choice
As things are going at the moment, the concept of “deterrent” and its place in a criminal’s decision about whether to commit a crime or not is becoming increasingly irrelevant.