In many countries, prison is the most common solution to crime. However, many think that better education is the most effective way to prevent people from committing further crimes.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In a number of nations, it is common to send criminals to jails to prevent crimes. But some people believe that it is better to educate people to restrain them from committing repeat offences. I largely agree with the given statement as effective literary skills can make most offenders self-reliant, hampering the primary motivation to commit offences, that is the money problem, though it may not be effective in the prevention of rage-based crimes.
First of all, when criminals spend too much time in prison, they may forget their core occupational skills. It is also possible that they did not have any job-oriented education or skills that forced them to commit the crimes. By providing the necessary education and skills in prisons before the expiry of the punishment term, it would ensure that they are able to find some job or start an occupation to make themselves self-reliant and not indulging in criminal activities again. This approach is helpful in saving government resources such as funds for food and clothing for criminals that they are entitled to as human rights. It will allow governments to employ the same resources on the public. Lastly, crimes against society will also be significantly reduced.
Undoubtedly, this is also true that not all crimes can be prevented by providing education, as some of the many criminals are already well-educated. For example, cybercriminals are highly educated and skilled people. They are just misusing their knowledge and literary skill. Their crimes may be ego-oriented instead of motivated by financial greed for survival. Nevertheless, most common forms of criminal activity, such as robbery, killing, and theft, can surely be controlled to a significant extent by educating people.
In conclusion, while education has been found effective in the prevention of typical repeat offences, it may not be effective for all criminals especially when they were not compelled by financial constraints to commit offences.