Would you rather get your pound of flesh punishing someone for a crime or rehabilitate that person so when they get out of prison they don’t re-offend and go back in?
Norway has a model-system based on rehabilitation.
Read about it in this article, it will blow your mind.
Here’s another example of a more enlightened way to treat criminals.
It’s a New York Times article about giving prisoners Ayahuasca in Brazil.
Michael Moore has a not-so-widely seen documentary, Where to Invade Next,
that blew my mind with examples of enlightened practices around the world.
The Norwegian prison system was one of its subjects.