Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime . Others, however, argue that the circumstances of an individual , and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

One of the highly controversial issues these days related to whether the judiciary system should impose fixed sentences for all offenses, or the underlying motives behind the crimes should be considered as well. Although I believe that punishments for committing crimes might be solidified, in my opinion, the judge should also consider the reasons that led to the crime, including financial issues.

On one side of the argument, most people prefer fixed punishments, since they are less time-consuming and more cost-effective. The time and money spared could otherwise be directed for use in much-needed services of the community such as healthcare and education. Furthermore, as penalties are becoming more earnest, people would be aware of the feasible consequences of committing any crimes. Eventually, it is likely for one to think twice before acting illegally; therefore, the number of offenses would decline. For instance, drunken driving rates dropped significantly after Vietnam strictly fined those who consume alcohol before driving. For those reasons, adopting a fixed punitive system is essential.

On the other hand, human behavior is almost always influenced by circumstances. In other words, the context of any criminal act should be taken into account before sentencing and offender, as there might be underlying incentives such as poverty and blackmailing that goad one into committing crimes. Moreover, the judges could investigate the repetition of a criminal act. For example, someone who steals properties from a shop for the first time should not receive an equal punishment to whom have been shoplifting many times before. It would be sensible to fine the first-time offender a petty charge, while the latter might serve a life sentence.

In my opinion, it is important to take into account the context behind a criminal act before passing a sentence on somebody. It seems to me that punishments are far better off to be flexible than fixed.

p/s: I need to lengthen my conclusion... too short!

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