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Crime and Retribution: There is one less bicycle in Beijing.

29th November 2011

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This - if you happen to be reading, bicycle thief, is all about you.

PrisonWhy do we try to rehabilitate? We do it because the criminal is a victim as well, it is not his fault he is forced to steal from his neighbour to scratch a living in this harsh and brutal world. He is but a product of his environment and a ghostly agent tracing out his own life.

Well I disagree. He is a criminal, vagrant, harmer, hater, rogue and defiler of the laws of the country. He doesn't deserve to be wrapped in cotton wool and told that he really hurt peoples feelings. I recently had a bicycle stolen – you may be able to tell – and my heart retched with pure hatred and anger knowing that another human being has stolen an incredibly important possession of mine; that, if caught, he will be treated as more a victim than me and be rehabilitated.

And what is this strange obsession with rehabilitation? Is that not a wicked and depraved idea onto itself; the idea that you can ,through some mechanical system, change the very fabric of somebody’s brain. Change their very soul to what the state demands. It is depraved. Punishment is a much more humane system than rehabilitation, you need only read 'A Clockwork Orange' to understand what the ultimate aim of such a rehabilatist's system really is.

Not only that, but why is it students who are so quick to leap to their defense? Around 30% of us will become victims in our student careers.

Alas, we need punishment not rehab for these people. The idea that these people are sick is a lie, they are just evil people who are prepared to suppress those instincts you and I would not dare ignore, empathy, compassion and a sense of solidarity with our fellow creatures. Why is it that their warped sense of morality makes them such victims? How is it Victorian to suggest that people who commit crimes are bad people? And why did they steal my bicycle?

Punishment need not be the cat of nine tails or the birch. We have prisons to punish people in the modern world. All I ask is a reasonable loss of liberty and time for criminals, I don't think that six months for stealing a bicycle is too excessive. We need prisons because I and the criminal are different in one very important respect, I am not a criminal. I am not the kind of person to hunt this criminal down and viscously beat them, steal from them or destroy their property. We need prisons and punishment for the state to enact it's retribution against the offender.

But there are a great number of issues, the police themselves are rather pathetic (not the individuals but the way in which they are organised) in there pointless visit after the crime. The disinterest heard when on the phone to head office. And the unending sense that 'petty' theft is simply a matter of fact, that I should feel bad for hating the criminal and that it was somehow my fault had I not only had a thicker chain on my bike or put it in a less obvious place.

So, yes, I do hate Criminals. I think they are Evil and deserving of Punishment.

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