Governments incarcerate people for five basic reasons:

  1. To seek revenge, to punish people for their bad behaviour.
  2. To modify their mental programming so that they will not commit more crimes.
  3. To keep them away from potential victims.
  4. To make money building and running prisons.
  5. To stop people from voting for a candidate you do not support.

    Sam Harris argues that reason (1) may well not make sense. Even if this reason is discredited, there are still four other reasons to incarcerate.

    ~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)