swiftlyand fit the nature of the crime. On this premise, non- violent thefts, would bemet with fines whereas violent thefts would be met with a combination ofcorporal punishment and penal servitude, as if punishment is too severe, theoffender may seek to evade it by committing further crime and this may justencourage other criminals to try harder to avoid detection.

Equally, the show of leniency in the systemleads to the belief that citizens are likely to deem the chances of beingpunished very low. The German- born American political theorist Hannah Arendtfamously said that “No punishment hasever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes.”She alludes that punishment must be more severe in order to serve as aneffective deterrence. As a rebuttal to this point, the free thinkers of theacademic world reported that the abolishment of the death penalty had no impacton the murder rates in the USA and UK respectively. Therefore, the severity ofpunishment could be seen to have little impact on the offending rates, and soother factors must be involved in the ‘decision to commit a crime.

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