Being in prison is not a fun or desirable thing! In jail, people do not have as much freedom as they would have otherwise. They are given the basic things they need, such as a place to sleep, clothes to wear, and food to eat, but they have less choices than everyone else. For example, prisoners wear uniforms and cannot chose what they want to wear. People in jail also don’t have the freedom to play outside or go to the movies.
Depending on what they’ve done wrong, some people are only in jail for a little while. If a prisoner has learned how to be better, that person is sometimes let out of jail. But avoiding jail in the first place is always a much better choice! -- Following the law and always doing the right thing is certainly much easier!
ExplorationPros & Cons
Do you think that sending people to jail when they've done something wrong is a good idea? What are the advantages to this system, and what are the disadvantages?
If you were able to make the law, would people go to jail when they've done something wrong? Aside from prison, what do you think would be some other options for people who have broken the law?
Sources & links
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