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The future of Prisons


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I always wondered how future societies will handle those who break the law. In star trek there was a alien species that used simulations in the brain to make it feel like many years passed.

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Prisons are a concept of our current civilizations. There have been civilizations without crime or prisons and there will be future civilizations without them. As long as there has been money there have been criminals, and property is robbery and all that.

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Maybe in the future criminals are going to have the option of undergoing gene therapies in order to make them less criminally inclined in exchange for less severe prison sentences?



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Maybe in the future criminals are going to have the option of undergoing gene therapies in order to make them less criminally inclined in exchange for less severe prison sentences?

 

We'll probably have to do the same for the victims so they won't drown in their rage for vengeance or justice. 

 

Honestly, this is opening a huge can of worms.


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That might be a fair point. That said, though, it is quite literally worth pointing out that people are hostage to their genes. In other words, people lack genuine free will; they might have an illusion of free will, but how they act is in large part determined based on their genes, which determine things such as their thought processes.



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That might be a fair point. That said, though, it is quite literally worth pointing out that people are hostage to their genes. In other words, people lack genuine free will; they might have an illusion of free will, but how they act is in large part determined based on their genes, which determine things such as their thought processes.

 

That reminded me the old joke:

 

The court hearing. The defendant makes a passionate and convincing speech, the judge nods thoughtfully. Sentence: hanging.

 

"But Your Honor, you can't! Haven't I just proved that free will is just an illusion? I was destined to kill that man..."

 

"Destined? Yes, so do I..."



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Terrible joke. Didn't laugh. 1/10


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What about make laws and crime obsolete and decriminalize everything? Would anarchy be good?



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That might be a fair point. That said, though, it is quite literally worth pointing out that people are hostage to their genes. In other words, people lack genuine free will; they might have an illusion of free will, but how they act is in large part determined based on their genes, which determine things such as their thought processes.

 

That reminded me the old joke:

 

The court hearing. The defendant makes a passionate and convincing speech, the judge nods thoughtfully. Sentence: hanging.

 

"But Your Honor, you can't! Haven't I just proved that free will is just an illusion? I was destined to kill that man..."

 

"Destined? Yes, so do I..."

TBF, though, that quote is from a time when we still lacked the ability to successfully edit people's genes. Once this will change, well, all bets will be off. In such a scenario, people could get an actual choice: Hanging or a couple of years in prison combined with gene therapy to eliminate the genes that make one criminally-inclined. :)



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What about make laws and crime obsolete and decriminalize everything? Would anarchy be good?

Decriminalize everything, including rape and murder? Sounds absolutely horrible! :(



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What about make laws and crime obsolete and decriminalize everything? Would anarchy be good?

Decriminalize everything, including rape and murder? Sounds absolutely horrible! :(

Well ideally prisons would be rehabilitative and correctional in. Only severe crimes will be punished with isolation from society. There will be no punishment for non violent crimes just forced rehab. Maybe some criminals will get put on a list of some sort and have restrictions, with the punishment for breaking the restrictions being exile or isolation.




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