If you have broken the rules of society, why should you be allowed to continue to benefit from that society?
My personal feeling on this one is no, they should not be allowed to vote. They should not have a "right" to televisions in their cells. They should not be allowed to win the bl00dy lottery
In some cases, the criminal can be left better off than their victims. There are still many, many law-abiding citizens of this country who would consider a television a luxury that they cannot afford - so why should this be a "right" for criminals?
More often than not, the criminals will not have to conpensate their victims for any losses - leaving the victim either worse off than before or (in the case of theft) facing increased insurance premiums following their claim. So how is a criminal going to feel any personal responsibility for their actions?
I believe the law should stand as a deterent. By breaking the law, a criminal has waived their rights to the benefits of that society. Prison should be grim. Prison should be hard. Prison should not be a bl00dy holiday camp with free board and lodging
. You really shouldn't want to end up in prison. And, if you should end up in prison, the outside world should look so good in comparison that rehabilitation will be your
choice. The only way rehabilitation into society will work is if the prisoner wants to be part of society again (rather than using it as a way to just get out and pick up where they left off
For too long now, our society has cleaned up the mess that other people have left. Criminals know they can get away with a slap on the wrist. Our citizens don't report crimes, because they know nothing will happen and there is a good chance they will be on the receiving end of some form of revenge.
In Singapore, they will publicly flog you for vandelism. You may think that is inhumane, but you sure as hell don't get the level of vandelism there as we get here. If you know what the consequences of your actions will be, you will think twice about doing it.
Sorry to rant, but I believe the state of law & order in this country to veering dangerously close to anarchy, and no-one seems to want to do anything about it.