Punishment Around the World

September 13, 2010
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Could you really give someone the death sentence? In America we do. However Panem sentences 23 kids a year. Although the Hunger Games are cruel, the world is much more so.

The capital has many strict laws that are severely punished. If and when a citizen breaks a law the odds are that they will get whipped severely. An example of this is if someone hunts they would be whipped or killed as an example. Not only do these criminals’ bear lash marks more than that they may have family’s deaths weighing on their shoulders. However if it is a major crime the whole district could be penalized. The most common form of this is withholding food or water. They could do this easily because they controlled all the districts through their tyranny. Another form of district punishment is dreaded each year, the Reaping. Forcing the districts to give up children and fight to the death. These children are referred to as tributes and although it originated as punishment you could almost argue, that if you are from the capitol it’s more a form of entertainment. If the government wishes to make an example of a tribute they might burn them or manipulate them by moving water sources or food sources to make it harder and worse in the arena. If a citizen tries escape a district they get turned into an Avox or mute to do this they cut out their tongues.

Just as criminals in the Hunger Games may bear painful memories so too are criminals around the world beaten physiologically. The world is also very gory and gruesome. Not unlike the Hunger Games the world also punishes criminals. But the only country that maims thieves is Africa, and they cut off their hands. The other countries are not entirely peaceful either, the Europeans and the Americans resemble the capitol. Because they made Africa give them a bonanza of slaves, in the 1600-1700’s which to them seemed like tributes. Another culture that gets hit hard is Christians in the Baltic peninsula. If they oppose it in any way their family members gather around them and throw stones at them till they die this gruesome ordeal is called stoning. A slightly more humane way to die is lethal injection which is used by the U.S.A.

A long time ago in the 1690’s the U.S. burnt people at the stake in a time period avowed “the Salem witch trials.” The witch trials were where people who were thought to be suspicious put to trial then killed. France in 1792-1977 used the guillotine, a thin slice of glass or weighted blade that came crashing down on the offenders head. This however being quick it was reserved for nobles to be beheaded. Another slow punishment that the U.S. performed when they had slaves they would whip them for undesirable behavior. The final punishment and one of the few that were ever used by many nations is hard labor camps were part of a criminals sentence is to mine or build roads or any other labor necessary.

How could we avoid reaching a level of strictness beyond what we have now? Maybe join Panem and split up the classes or how about positive reinforcement. Don’t punish criminals reward people who follow the rules. The world needs to rethink how it handles lawlessness. It needs to go from negative reinforcement to positive reinforcement.

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evore said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm
why is there capitol punishment whats the point
Teensrck said...
Oct. 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Hi elizabeth!
evore replied...
Oct. 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm
ase do not tell the world my name
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm
I have not read the hunger games, but I agree with this article to some extent. I am a strong activist against capital punishment, and I wrote an article demonstrating this.
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Just wondering, is this a class project? Why are teens from Kansas City invading Teen Ink?
Elizabeth V. replied...
Sept. 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm
 it is can't you tell
SKSK1214 said...
Sept. 21, 2010 at 11:22 am

Although i see where you are coming from, i disagree with your ideas to NOT enforce punishments to the unlawful. In addition to that, what could be used as incentive to do well? money? oh yeah because we have so much of that here. *sarcasm* Honestly, lets play this out. Good people get extra money and criminals get none. Seems like it would be pretty effective. Until the criminals have none left and result to more crime to get the things they need. Oh, how i wish the world was so simple that ... (more »)

Elizabeth V. replied...
Sept. 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm
ok repeat in english
Destinee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 24, 2010 at 11:50 pm
The poster is saying:

1. What would be used as "positive reinforcement"? The USA does not have an endless supply of money to dole out to good people. 

2. Criminals would not get money, which would lead to them having to STEAL money 'cause they have none, thus increasing crime rates. 

And my personal POV: Good should come naturally, it shouldn't be "rewarded" like you've done something extraordinary by being good. 
Elizabeth V. said...
Sept. 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm
mine this is mine
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