17 de março de 2018

What if Brazil followed that trend?

Filed under: Notícias e política — Tags:, — Yurinho @ 11:40

So, as you kids have read, the author of Rurouni Kenshin was caught with child porn recently, but possession of child porn is punished with a fine in Japan. So, he is still free, but had to pay around 2000 dollars to the police. I talked to others about that issue and it seems like, in Japan, you are only arrested for violent crimes. That made me think of Brazilian prison population. Imagine if Brazil followed that trend. While the Brazilian government wastes money keeping people in jail, often for small offenses, the Japanese government earns money by fining those who commit the same offenses. What would be the practical consequences of that, if it was adopted in Brazil?

First, organized crime would lose numbers. There are people who are forced to join the Red Command or the First Capital Command while they are serving time in jail. Less dangerous offenders are given the choice of joining them to die horribly later or dying immediately in criminal hands if they refuse both. Reducing the prison population, that wouldn’t happen, specially considering that both factions are in open war against each other. With less people in jail, their operations would be harder, those guys would be easier to monitor, rebellions and massacres would be less bloody and they would end up destroying each other in the long run anyway.

Second, taxes would be softer on the law-abiding citizen. If all those people who were arrested for non-violent crimes became extra tax payers? I don’t know if Brazil is as broke as they say it is, but fining those guys rather than arresting them would be a great way to earn tax revenue. Of course, we are speaking about non-violent crimes, not murder or rape (and I mean “real rape”, in the sense of forced penetration, not whatever else people call “rape” nowadays).

And that culminates in the main point: we wouldn’t only alleviate state expenses, but also rise tax revenue with that. But how to implement that?

My idea is that fines are paid in wage percentages. In the case of child porn, for example, the mere possession of the file could be punished by taking 12% of a person’s wage for, say, four years (of course, that’s just an example, I don’t think possession of child porn is such a big deal to be punished so harshly, as possession of murder footage isn’t a criminal offense, despite murder being a much more serious crime, compared to nudes that kids share with each other). Wage percentages are useful because, that way, people who earn more would pay more, while poor people wouldn’t be required to pay amounts that they do not have. Plus, a rich person supposedly has less needs and better education, so it’s unlikely that they committed the offense because they “needed” it, unlike a poor person who steals food to not starve (in that case, I think it’s state’s fault, so the person isn’t supposed to be punished if state fails to provide basic survival conditions). A person who can not pay the amount goes to jail and serves there for X – Y years, where X is how long he was supposed to pay the wage percentage and Y is how long he has managed to pay (if I had to pay for four years and managed to pay only two, then I’m arrested for two years, which is 4 – 2). Plus, if the wage percentage exceeds 50%, I can apply to be willingly arrested. After all, in jail, I won’t starve and maybe I would even be safer, if the prison population goes under control. In times of economic crisis, the crisis could be softened by adjusting the wage percentages in the penal code (which wouldn’t affect time and percentages of those who were convicted before the adjustment), reducing the need of imposing more taxes on law-abiding citizens.

What do you think? Would be a good idea, in the end? I’m pretty bad at politics, so maybe I said something stupid. If I did, correct me, please.

4 Comentários »

  1. CP shouldn’t even be a crime at all. It was for the most part fully legal to possess CP even in the USA before the mid 80s to early 90s and in not even half a century it has become an extremely serious crime which is punishable with prison comparable to murder. I wonder if this will prove to be a short lived phenomena whereby adult with kid intimacy of all forms being regarded as the absolute severe wrong when most of the rest of the world throughout all time before it was not much if any wrong.


    Comentário por galileo1439 — 17 de março de 2018 @ 12:49

    • In Brazil, sexual contact between children and adults only became fully illegal in 2009 and many things that are now called CP used to air on TV as shows for children in the nineties. For example, naked boys giving piggy back rides on each other in Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum and a scene in Menino Maluquinho (a movie) in which the pre-pubescent boys comment on the development of a pubescent girl in their neighborhood. Later in the same movie, there’s a scene in which a mother tries to grab her child’s penis before his shower, playfully calling it “lolipop”. Nothing of that was considered obscene, back then. Instead, it was considered appropriate for younger audiences.
      Hopefully, it’s a passing trend to criminalize so much. I went as far as proposing a revision of the statutory rape law for our Congress, via e-mail, which is the farthest a citizen can go. It won’t change unless our numbers rise, because, in a democratic setting, an idea grows with it’s number of supporters. We need to get more people to think like us.

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      Comentário por Yure — 17 de março de 2018 @ 17:41

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