犯罪Commit (v.) / perpetrate (v.) crimes
违法Violate (v.) / break (v.) the law
守法Obey / abide by / comply with the law
惩罚Punish (v.); punishment (n.)
Penalize (v.); penalty (n.)
免于惩罚Escape (v.) punishment
Exempt (v.) sb. from punishment
进监狱Go to prison; send sb. to prison / jail
Imprison (v.); imprisonment (n.)
剥夺自由Deprive of their freedom
震慑某人Deter (v.) sb. from doing sth.
Have a deterrent effect on sb.
打击Crack down on (v.); combat (v.)
公平与正义equity and justice
安全与稳定Security and stability
In many countries, prison is the common solution to the problem of crime. However, another effective way is to provide people with better education so that they will not become criminals. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
All people hope to live in a secure society, but crimes seem to exist throughout the world. Some people think that to address this problem, what we need is better education for people instead of punishment for criminals. In my point of view, both are essential in the battle against crimes.
There is no denying that sending lawbreakers to prison can contribute tomaintaining public security and stability, especially for those who are convicted ofgrave crimes. After being deprived of freedom, the criminals wouldreflect on their behavior and learn a lesson from it, which can effectively prevent them from committing crimes again. The punishment can also have deterrent effects on those potential criminals, who would consider the consequences of violating the law and give up their evil intentions.
However, imprisonment may not achieve the desired result and no matter how serious the penalty is, it seems unlikely to eliminate crimes. A large number of people perpetrate crimes because they have little knowledge about the law or basic skills for earning a living. Therefore, the first step is for the general public to receive more education and enhance their awareness of the law. Also, in some cases, if disadvantaged groups could learn some practical skills in school, they would be more likely to support themselves independently and become law-abiding citizens rather than choose to rob or steal.
To summarize, multiple methods are needed to reduce the crime rate. Only by the combination of punishing perpetrators and educating the general public can we build a safe and stable society.