Should corporal punishment be allowed?

Corporal punishment - state sanctioned physical punishment - has been banned in 58 countries worldwide. However, some argue these bans deter violent crime. Should corporal punishment be allowed? Can it be an effective disciplinary tool? Or is it linked to skyrocketing crime rates?

Yes, corporal punishment is good

When administered correctly, corporal punishment is a powerful deterrent against crime.

Corporal punishment is a strong deterrent

We instinctively change our behaviour to avoid pain. This makes corporal punishment an effective deterrent.

Corporal punishment can be administered easily

Corporal punishments are quicker and cheaper than the alternatives.

Some people only respond to corporal punishment

There are some people for whom no other punishment is effective.

No, corporal punishment is bad

Corporal punishment legitimises violence and causes long term psychological damage. It has no place in modern society.

Corporal punishment hinders emotional understanding

In choosing corporal punishment, the authority figure makes no effort to understand the motives and emotions behind a person’s actions. For this reason, it is a superficial punishment that damages emotional wellbeing.

Corporal punishment causes long-term psychological harm

Corporal punishment has been linked to an increase in depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse issues.

Corporal punishment legitimises violence

When an authority figure is allowed to administer violence, it normalises and legitimises violence.

Corporal violence is never administered evenhandedly

A punishment must be immune from societal influences and be administered evenhandedly.

Corporal punishment is at odds with societal roles

Authority figures, including the government, teachers, and parents, are supposed to offer protection from physical harm. A child expects a certain level of trust and understanding from a relationship with these figures, which is why corporal punishment is at odds with the societal roles these people purport to inhabit.

Corporal punishment offers no restitution

Part of the punitive process is to offer restitution to victims. This stage is absent in methods of corporal punishment.

Corporal punishment is sometimes acceptable

Corporal punishment should only be used in very specific scenarios.

Only when the offender knows right from wrong

Corporal punishment can only be effective if the perpetrator consciously chose to break the law.

Corporal punishment shouldn't be used in anger

When used it anger, corporal punishment methods send a dangerous message.
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