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If people commit crimes like theft to survive, should they be punished?

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Guest Thomas UK

This is a hard question to answer. On the one hand, it is someone's human right to have their essential needs met and therefore you can understand someone stealing to be able to eat for example. But what if in stealing they are denying another person the right to eat?

Maybe it depends on what they stole, from who and how (for example was it done violently or not?)

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Guest Mwene (Uganda)

Yes they should be punished because theft is not a survival means.

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Guest Mwene (Uganda)

Yes they should be held accountable for thier wrong deeds.

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Guest Mwene (Uganda)

Yes they should punished as away to discpline them such that they can learn from it.

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Guest Godfrey (Uganda)

Committing crimes implies distablizing peace of others who are very innocent so they should be punished for thier wrongs.

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Guest Alfred( Uganda)

Yes people who commit crimes due to theft for survival should be punished because its from the punishment that they will not commit the same crime again.

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Guest Enock( Uganda)

Yes they should be punished under the law. No excuse should be given to committing crimes because of survival many people are living in luck but are not criminals.

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Guest Robert( Uganda)

Stealing may also worsen an already bad situation with possible fatal consequences therefore they should be punished.

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Guest Godfrey( Uganda)

It depends, you can give counselling and offer the right direction. If one is in a position should chip in to ensure the person gets a place to sustain him/herself. If crime has gone over board, the punishment can be used accompanied with some guidance and counselling.

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Guest Godfrey( Uganda)

Yes they should be punished because it is Godly even the bible warns us not to do it.

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Guest Eva ( Uganda)

Criminals do steal should be punished because that is the only way for them to learn that it is not good sometimes it leads to consequences like death and stonning the victim.

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Guest Eva ( Uganda)

Most people do commit crimes little knowing that they might face it through thus if punished with even the help of counselors they would change their mindset and reform completely.

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Guest Godfrey ( Uganda)

Yes suppose they still from you, how would you feel? Let them be punished because if someone asks with a good heart, something can be given to him/her.

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Guest Godfrey ( Uganda)

No they should not be punished because where peace fails you apply force for survival.

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Guest Robert ( Uganda)

No people should not commit crimes like theft to survive instead they should learn how to be hard working to earn a living as this will lead to someone to have money to use.

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Guest Woodhaven school pupils

No if someone is starving they should not be punished as they need to eat food

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Guest Woodhaven school pupils

Maybe it depends on the type of crime. If a violent crime yes but if a none vilent crime then no?

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Guest Woodhaven school pupils

I want to say no but then I’m also thinking of the person they stole from who might end up homeless too if all there things were stolen. So then what do we do?

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Guest Woodhaven school pupils

Rob from the Rich to feed the poor. Robin Hood did it and it makes sense. Some people are too wealthy and others too poor.

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Guest Woodhaven school pupils

How can you punish someone if they are just trying to survive? Instead you should help them not punish them. Punishing them wont solve the problem.

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Guest Leigh UK

We come from the land of Robin Hood! But yes people should be punished. On a case by Case basis. But there should be support available if they need help.

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Guest Leigh UK

A strange thing in the UK is that if you don't pay for your TV licence you can be put in jail. But in jail, you get free TV!

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Guest Richard UK

If a person has worked hard to buy something and it's stolen then yes they should be punished. People value things they work hard to get.No one has a right to each other's possessions.

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Guest Leigh UK

If a child has worked hard and buys some sweets would they be upset if another child stole them?

If another child asked for a sweet they are more likely to share.

Maybe they should ask for help and not steal?

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