In many countries, prison is the most common solution for crimes. However, many think that better education is the most effective way to prevent people from committing further crime.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In a number of nations, it is common to send criminals to jails to prevent crimes. But some people believe that it is better to educate people to restrain them from committing repeat offences. I largely agree with the given statement as effective literary skills can make most offenders self-reliant, hampering the primary motivation to commit offences, that is the money problem, though it may not be effective in the prevention of rage-based crimes.
First of all, when criminals spend too much time in prisons they may forget their core occupational skills. It is also possible that they did not have any job-oriented education and skills that forced them to commit the crimes. By providing the necessary education and skills in prisons before the expiry of the punishment term would ensure that they are able to find some job or start an occupation to make themselves self-reliant and not indulging in criminal activities again. This approach is helpful in saving government resources such as funds on food and clothing of criminals that they are entitled to as human rights. It will allow governments to employ the same resources on the public. Lastly, crimes from society will also be controlled significantly.
Undoubtedly, this is also true that not all crimes can be prevented by providing education as some of the many criminals are already well-educated. For example, cybercriminals are highly educated and skilled people. They are just misutilising their knowledge and literary skill. Their crimes may be ego-oriented instead of motivated by financial greed for survival. Nevertheless, most common forms of criminal activities such as robbery, killing and theft can surely be controlled to a significant extent by educating people.
In conclusion, while education has been found effective in the prevention of typical repeat offences, it may not be effective with all criminals especially when they were not compelled by financial constraints to commit offences.