The Purpose of Prison by Angela Caldin

In the wake of the Rolf Harris trial, which resulted in a guilty verdict and a prison sentence of nearly six years, it’s interesting to ask the question what purpose does a prison sentence serve? There are four main purposes for sending someone to prison once it has been decided that the crime committed is so serious that only prison is justified: Punishment or retribution – society wants to see those who commit serious crimes punished by being deprived of their liberty. Victims in particular may want to see perpetrators serve a… Read More