"PUNISHMENT" - generally speaking there are 2 reasons for it.
To "get even" - which makes you as bad as the person you are punishing - you are simply doing the same thing for no good reason whatever. (except it may make YOU feel better - in which case you need some professional help!)
Deterrence - which "might" work if there was any chance whatever that it would actually deter someone from doing the crime in the first place. However, so long as "joe crook" continues to get elected - ooops - er- ahem - I mean continues to have a realistic expectation of not being caught - and therefore not being punished - well then there is no deterrent effect at all. None.
After all - lets look at states where the death penalty is used. Since it is such an effective deterrent, there has obviously never been a single murder committed in those states, right?
So what is the answer? I hope someone has an answer - I don't.
Last edited by Dave57210; 10-16-2012 at 12:11 AM.