[ExI] What is Grace?
pharos at gmail.com
Tue Mar 17 13:09:41 UTC 2009
On 3/17/09, Gordon Swobe wrote:
> According to Webster Online:
> de·ter: to turn aside, discourage, or prevent from acting
> I use the word in all three senses: to turn aside, to discourage,
> to prevent from acting.
> But as I mentioned to Lee, it may not deter an innocent from committing a first
> offense, for exactly the reason you cite: it's not much of a threat. Some might
> even view it as a reward.
In the UK, where apparently prisons are not as brutalized as in the
US, prisons do not appear to be much of a deterrent. As much of the
prison population is mentally sub-normal, socially inadequate, drug
addicts, etc. they just cannot cope with life outside of prison. Many
inmates return to their prison 'home' within days or weeks of their
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