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|Prison has been used throughout history, as a
means of taking people out of society and placing them in confinement,
away from the community. There are three main reasons for prisons:
To punish those who have been found guilty of breaking the Law.
To rehabilitate those in prison so that they are less likely to commit crimes in the future.
To deter those people may consider breaking the Law, from actually committing a crime.
|1. Write one more reason you think prisons exist. The key words below may help you answer the question.|
|JUSTICE SEEN TO BE CARRIED OUT
PROTECT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY / SOCIETY
KEEP LAW BREAKERS OFF OUR STREETS
TO SHOW EVERYONE THAT THE LAW IS IMPORTANT
|2. What do you think prison life is like? The key words below may help you answer the question.|
|STRESSFUL - SOMETIMES DANGEROUS / VIOLENT - LONELY - DEPRESSING - BULLIED - SCARED - HOURS IN CELLS - BORING - OVERCROWDED - HUMILIATING - WORRIED ABOUT THE FAMILY - LIFE CHANGING FRIGHTENED - STRICT RULES|
|3. Underline those crimes that you think should automatically carry a prison sentence.|
|MURDER - PARKING OFFENCE - AVOIDING PAYING COUNCIL TAX - SOLICITING MURDER - ATTEMPTED MURDER - MANSLAUGHTER - GBH (GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM) - REPEATED CAR THEFT - POSSESSION OF A FIREARM - CARRYING A KNIFE - DOMESTIC BURGLARY - RUNNING A PROTECTION RACKET - ARSON TO CLAIM INSURANCE ON A BUILDING - AVOIDING PAYING TAX - SPEEDING IN A CAR IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA|
|4. Select one of the crimes in question 3. Explain why you think this crime should / should not, carry a prison sentence.|
|5. Study the ‘Route to Prison’ flowchart drawn below. Design your own version of the chart / poster. It should be designed so that a child can understand the system.|
|THE ROUTE TO PRISON|
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