I’ve been pondering ways that the criminal justice system can be reformed and have thought up these ideas.
Legalize or decriminalize victimless offenses. Prostitution, using and selling drugs, gambling, etc. If we did this there would be a lot fewer cases in the court system, fewer prisoners, and the money saved from all that could instead be used for things like drug treatment programs. It would also help to eliminate (I think) things like police brutality and the killings of unarmed black people who might be suspected of having committed this type of crime
Increase the penalty for violent crimes. One thing that seems that be a recurrent theme when I read about someone suspected of something like armed robbery is that the suspect has typically been in jail or prison multiple times, and not just for the victimless crimes I mentioned above. Criminals that have committed offenses like armed robbery, attempted or actual murder, or even things like mugging someone should serve long sentences. This should apply even for first offenses, unless there are some significant mitigating circumstances like the offender being an abused spouse that attacked their abuser or something of that sort.
What do you all think of these proposals? Would these changes lead to a breakdown in society, or make for a better society?