Introduction: Filter Blog

One of the more controversial aspects in the governing ways of the western world is how the justice system is handled. The death penalty still exist in more than half of the United States of America, and prisons such as Guantanamo Bay hold their captives under harsh living conditions that violate human rights, and humans include prisoners, regardless of their crime. However, there are some countries such as Norway, that utilises a different approach: restorative justice. Instead of making prisoners live in inhumane conditions, or using the death penalty, which is called ‘retributive justice’ as the motive is based on hatred and revenge, the Norwegians have developed a method that allows captives to live away from standard society but within a community where they can live with, and as human beings, being rehabilitated in a way that bring no harm to anyone and allow them to return to society if they are deemed rehabilitated, all in a non-punitive approach. In this blog, I will be discussing as to why the western world should focus on ‘restorative justice’ rather than retributive punishment, referring to it’s positive effects to the inmates and society, how it is a more ‘humane’ approach and how it is more effective in rehabilitating inmates than putting them in a harsh prison or outright killing them, and how it reduces the risk of a repeat offense. I will also discuss my counter-claim of the limited sentence, and a rebuttal against that.

EDIT: Changed the premises at the end according to recent changes to my argument plan. Also, I will be re-adding this section to my complete blog post, so it will be shortened according to the word limit and will have to add and re-arrange some of the hyperlinks.

“Justive rains from above.” – Fareeha Amari


6 thoughts on “Introduction: Filter Blog

  1. Glad to see someone is writing this topic. I couldn’t agree more your opinion since I read an article a long time ago was about Norwegian poisons. They clearly know what do criminals really lack of, no matter inside or outside. Providing them good condition of living and educate them in a humane way were the biggest features of them and also the point I admire the most.

    Your introduction is pretty clear and defined your position towards this problem. I believe those hyperlinks are able to give the readers some specific ideas of what you’ve mentioned in your paragraph and lead directly to the basis. I like your style of clarifying your ideas, brief but straight to the points.

    keep up your good work, looking forward to seeing the rest of the content!


  2. Really interesting topic to tackle. I recall watching a short documentary about this very topic in an Ethics lecture last semester and being amazed at how Norway manages itself as a country, particularly with their prison systems. I think there is something very wrong and scary about how prisons are run and they don’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Because of how I have been educated however, it was very strange to see the standard of the prisons in Norway because they are, well, liveable. I agree that there needs to be more rehabilitation and less punishment (depending on the severity of the crime, obviously).

    Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog!


  3. Hi Job,

    A very interesting topic and view point. My opinion does differ in the way that a criminal, to get the death penalty or a severe sentence such as life in prison has most of the time don’t something just as severe such as attempted murder, murder and/or rape which effects many lives (family and friends) and the person affected will never be the same again. Some criminals have harmed many people and those people suffer the consequences. Often they have treated their victim in an in-humane manner, which leads me to feel why do they deserve better than their victim. However, it will be interesting to see your argument and the benefits of a Norwegian style system and what the Norwegian system in tales.
    A small suggestion, your introduction is quite long, I had the same issue and found my word count went over. You can make the introduction more of a taster of each point rather than going into detail.
    Hope this help, I look forward to a very interesting read. You have definitely captured my attention with your introduction, great work.



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