Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime. Others, however, argue that the circumstances of an individual crime, 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.
Here is my suggested essay outline:
1. Introduction: topic + response
People have different views about whether punishments for crimes should be fixed. Although there are some advantages of fixed punishments, I believe that it is better to judge each crime individually.
2. Benefits of fixed punishments
There are some good arguments for having one set punishment for each crime.
IDEAS: easy, fair justice system; everyone is aware of the punishment for each crime; fixed punishments could deter criminals.
3. Benefits of not having fixed punishments
However, I would argue that the circumstances of a crime and the criminal’s motivation should have an influence on the punishment.
IDEAS: judge can decide the best response; a more humane system; example: stealing to feed a family compared to stealing for profit.
4. Conclusion: repeat your response
In conclusion, despite the advantages of fixed punishments, it seems to me that each crime should be judged taking both the circumstances and motivation into account.