These are a few of the factors that contributed to an upsurge of crime and violence. Modern world citizens have become more individualistic – it is everyone for himself now. The result is an unfriendly society in which neighbourly aid is pushed to the background. Many people do not dare to open their front-door anymore for strangers. They cannot be blamed.
They have read or seen on television enough cases of innocent or helpful people becoming the victim of crime. It is the age in which the adage: ‘a good deed never goes unpunished’, holds true. It is not only the resulting feeling of insecurity that matters. The loss of pride in being part of a caring society has dangerous aspects. It means that ties that held the nation together and gave it impetuous, start to weaken. Further alienation leads to more individualism, etc.
An added problem is the way offenders are punished. To lock them up with fellow-criminals may worsen their morality. In that respect corporal punishment may be far more effective, but unacceptable.
What has been said before about education also applies to internment. To instil prisoners with civic consciousness and re-educate them is not an easy task in an inequal society. Yet, absence of rehabilitation of prisoners with a new outlook and vision on life deepens problems.