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NEWS

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The convicted person has the choice to either carry out their sentence in conventional imprisonment, or they can work without pay to benefit the victim(s) of the convicted person's crimes in an environment that does not place the victim in contact with the perpetrator of the crime committed. If they choose the latter, they can take a percentage off of their sentence and be freed sooner. The victim has to agree to the person's choice to take the second option.

This law is a modification of another law which is already set here in Vancouver, Washington and in the US. At the moment prisoners have rights to equal treatment, suitable living situations, and they cannot be cruelly punished or harmed. Our law will take away their free time in order to benefit the victim(s) of their crimes.

The prisoner will work for a period of time that is dependent on the severity of her/his crimes. Each victim will be affected differently and the goal is to match the punishment of the prisoner with that of the pain the victim has suffered due to the crime. The amount of time that the convicted person will work will be decided upon by a jury.

Having prisoners work without pay may sound similar to enslavement, but it is better to have them working to benefit a person in society, particularly somebody that they have harmed, than to have them sit idly in a cell for years of their lives, which doesn't benefit them, nor society. Right now, in Vancouver 2014, prisoners are given healthcare, a safe place to live, and meals. Those are the same things that a job gives a person, in some cases, it is better. Plus, prisoners in this day and age are already given jobs such as doing laundry in the prison, dishes, etc. Having them work in favor of the person/people they have harmed physically or emotionally is the best use of their time in prison.

Thesis
Objective Summary
Constraints in "Red Card" System
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Parts I, II, and III
Why is it a problem in our community?
HUMAN NEED FOR VENGEANCE
Ours Will Be Different
Crime rates have gone down in recent years, but just look at the jump from 2008 to 2009. Such a drastic leap at such a sudden rate simply goes to show how such an even could happen at any time.

Furthermore, the crime may have dropped, yes, but has it subsided completely? The answer, to that, is a clear "no". Until it has dropped completely, the human need for vengeance is still a problem.


In our law, we will aim to satisfy the need for vengeance in a way that does not violate the inalienable rights that clearly state that killing a human is a crime, among other things. This story shows us how it demoralizes a society and that we need to find a different angle in order to avoid such an outcome.
In reading "Red Card" by S. L. Gilbow, and analyzing the differences in the actions of the characters before and after Linda's "red card" was used, one comes to see that enforcing a law such as the "Red Card" system may help to alleviate the human need for vengeance, but it also creates an atmosphere that promotes fear and dishonesty.
In the short story "Red Card" by S.L. Gilbow, actions were taken in order to alleviate the human need for vengeance. 6 cards were distributed randomly to members of the society. Each card came with a government issued handgun, 3 bullets, and a handbook. The handbook explained how to go about killing a person and how to deal

with your feelings afterward. By giving civilians secret legal permission to kill one person of their choosing, the civilization they lived in seemed to have decreased crime rates, but the
faults that cannot be
Making something that would normally be considered morally wrong legal reduces the morality of the society. Allowing something of such a nature to be acceptable makes us no different than animals, fighting for our own preservation.
A New Law
Utopia/Dystopia
re were certainly
forgotten or ignored.
Counterclaims
Rebuttals:
"The law can be considered enforcement of slavery."
We offer working as a choice, and not just that, a choice with incentive. Plus, doesn't violate the unalienable rights, the rights of imprisonment on the bases of unusual punishment, minimum standard of living, and protection from unequal treatment.
"You won't be able to keep the prisoners working, and if you do, they may work slowly and be inefficient."
If they are not working or are being slow while working their choice to be able to work for a shorter sentence will be revoked.
"Prisoners' Rights." LII / Legal Information Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2014.
"What Thomas Jefferson Meant by 'Unalienable Rights'" Breitbart News Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014.
"U.S. CONSTITUTION - a Highly Accessible Online Version." THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014.

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