In many countries, prison is the most common solution to crime problems. However, some people believe that better education will be more effective solution. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Prisons are useful for crime problems, and it is wished that criminals would be effectively corrected if they could receive inmate education. Obviously, correctional activities, including vocational training and academic education, are meant to prevent criminals from committing crimes after serving the first punishment. However, it is a matter of opinions regarding whether most criminals, after leaving prison, would choose to live a life that is romantically crime-free.
How effective is prison education? On the one hand, since most inmates eventually return to the community, it is a good idea to help them learn a trade and gain skills to make a decent living. This is why training programs are often believed to be positive in changing criminal behavior, meaning that criminals might hopefully turn out to be good citizens. On the other hand, most statistics tend to tell a rather different story. Rather than becoming productive members of society, they turn themselves into more skilled criminals. More often than not, after serving their terms they continue getting trouble with the law and committing crimes of a more sophisticated kind.
Furthermore, education could be more a romantic option than an effective solution for crime problems. It must be made clear that this perception is not against education in correctional facilities, considering that most inmates are under-educated. However, skeptics claim that prison education is likely to produce nothing more than “better-educated criminals,” only more dangerous. So, it is one thing that education offers opportunities; it is quite another whether career criminals make good use of their prison time. That the violent crime wave is waging while most prisons are over-crowded certainly does not reflect a significant decrease in recidivism as a result of prison rehabilitation. It only shows the fear and impotence of innocent people in the community.
In conclusion, keeping criminals behind the bars is useful, if only by moving them away from the community. Better education for prisoners may provide chances to change their behavior, however limited; but it all depends on the way those repeat offenders see these chances. The rest is pure guessing.