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Prison is the common way most countries try to solve the problem of crime. However, a more effective solution is to provide the public a better education. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Jun 10, 2022 / Recent IELTS writing task 2 questions / 5:02 pm

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Prison is the common way most countries try to solve the problem of crime. However, a more effective solution is to provide the public a better education.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and provide relevant examples if any,  from your own knowledge and experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Reported on 8 June, 2022

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It is often suggested that a better education about the legislation is more effective instead of confinement, which is a common punitive measure in most countries. However, I believe this is not true in most cases.

The first reason why I post my disagreement is because of the fact that awareness cannot be considered as a real punitive measure. To be precise, most frequent re-offenders know law points better than a law student. This means they are not only becoming more specialized in their respective areas of crime, but also are finding more tactical ways to evade punishments. This situation can be tackled only when long-term imprisonment is awarded to them.

The second reason why I tend to disagree to the suggestion is because of the effectiveness of prisons in secluding the anti-social elements from the society’s mainstream. To be clearer, when habitual criminals are kept confined, the society feels secure and people can live confidently. Prisons have already proven the best solution against crimes such as drug peddling, child abuse, molestation and burglary. In short, it keeps the society safe at least for a specific period of time, which cannot be always done by public awareness.

I admit that lack of awareness about new rules and regulations act as a reason for some crimes. To explain it further, certain amendments in the traffic laws and other civic laws may not have reached every individual. In this case, education regarding the respective system works better than confining people.

To conclude, though there are some cases in which public education is more effective than imprisonment, it cannot be said it is always a better solution to tackle the issue of crime.

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