Jail For Criminals VS. Restitution For Victims

Restitution for victims of crimes is better for society than jail for criminals.

Let’s say someone stole 500 dollars from you, and the person who did it was found guilty. What would be better for you? If the criminal has to pay you back the 500 dollars, possibly more for committing the crime itself, then you get money. If the criminal goes to jail, you get nothing. What would be better for the people around you? Well, if you get the money back, you can use it to buy other things, which boosts the economy, as stated in Bastiat’s The Broken Window. Theoretically, if the criminal pays you back and doesn’t go to jail, there would be fewer taxes to pay for feeding/clothing/housing the people in jail, but that’s likely to not be the case; the government will just keep charging taxes. What would be better for the criminal’s rehabilitation? If he goes to jail, he gets to live for free for however long he’s in there. If he pays you back, he loses money.

You see, in all three cases, it’s better for society if restitution is given to victims, rather than the criminals go to jail.


What Is Most Important In Writing Dialogue From Memory

I think that accuracy, instead of succinctness or liveliness, is the most important thing in writing dialogue from memory. However, as there are many different types of stories that would be written from memory, it differs.

If you write a true story from memory, you want it to be accurate. If it’s not accurate, then it’s not true. However, unless the person who is reading it was there, they wouldn’t know for sure what happened.

If you write a true story from memory, but it’s a very boring or tedious story, maybe having succinctness or liveliness is a better bet. However, I still think accuracy is the most important thing in writing dialogue from memory.

How Helen Keller Escaped Her ‘Prison’

Helen Keller was a very admirable woman. When she was an infant, the girl became both blind and deaf. Keller described the state she was in before Anne Sullivan came as her ‘prison’. There are a few key incidents that led her out of that prison.

When Keller was a young child, her parents hired Anne Sullivan to come teach her. Sullivan taught Keller words for the objects she encountered, thus allowing Keller to interact with and understand her world. Since Keller began to become more aware of what was around her, she started to learn cause and effect. Later, Keller began to learn how to read.

The process of learning what was brought her out of her prison. It allowed her to interact, and do more things.