To expand on Robert Nahrgang’s great suggestion to use corporal punishment as a crime deterrent; I would add capital punishment. Should the recent rapist of a 3-year-old girl be merely incarcerated for a dozen years? I have had extensive experience working in jails, prisons, juvenile detention centers, and as the head of the ten-member San Luis Obispo Youth Guidance Council, etc. My largely successful approach was to use the convicting and convincing power of the Bible, the Word of God.
To make any type of punishment viable; it MUST BE RAPIDLY METED OUT! Solomon wrote; “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” Ecc. 8:11
John W. Erb
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