Voltaire Society explores ‘Crime and Punishment’
This week’s meeting covered the broad theme of society’s attitudes towards crime and the appropriate response to wrong-doing. Strong views were expressed on the subject of capital punishment and although the majority were against its reintroduction, the case for its use in the event of war crimes and serial killing was presented. Likewise, a range of opinions were expressed regarding the purpose of prison and the balance between retribution and rehabilitation. Finally, there was interesting discussion around the school’s own disciplinary procedures, including the use of ILB, and the challenge of tackling poor behaviour.