I fail to see much benefit for anyone in life incarceration of say a young man of twenty. Assuming it is not possible to rehabilitate him for whatever reason, (his learned behaviours cannot be unlearned ... a consistent psychopathic paedophile for example) his incarceration adds nothing to the community and costs a great deal. The death penalty could be the most ethical choice, but not probably the political one.
You are forgetting about the young man's life. Is it ethical to kill a human to save money?
Again I am sorry, but I do not believe that "education" changes behaviour in many instances. People do not behave based upon their knowledge or education. They behave based upon their emotions, feelings, and perhaps very early learning's, wants and needs and such like.
Perhaps if they had the knowledge that they are being driven by their biological needs, they would be better able to make logical decisions?
Education, especially after early childhood does not solve drug addiction. I have been educated as have my children and I suspect most of us have also been educated (tongue in cheek), yet we do not believe or accept much of what we have been told. Most smokers know smoking is bad for them, yet they still smoke. Re-education? Hands up all on this forum who needs to be re-educated! Not me, I'm fine ... so I say anyway! (tongue in both cheeks this time)
1. Drug addicts know that what they are doing is destroying their life. Educating them is useless. They need rehab - in other words, support from other people.
2. Smoking is bad from a health perspective. Gambling is bad from a financial perspective. Obesity is bad from a health perspective. Strip clubs are bad from a women's perspective. Prostitution is worse. Yet you can find well adjusted, functional people who smoke, gamble, are obese, go to or work at strip clubs, or enjoy/work as prostitutes. ie: Jeremy Clarkson(smoker), Giacomo Casanova(gambling), Queen Latifah(obesity), Elliot Spitzer(prostitution)
We need to prosecute drug users as a disincentive and educate the young. We need to mentor people who seek to solve their problems with drugs. We need positive role models which such drug users can try to emulate. (today we have role models for drug use
showing cool dudes with flash cars, women hanging off their arms, flouting the law and seemingly getting away with it - for a while anyway). We need tougher penalties on those who benefit from promoting drugs and we need to marginalise them is our society and ... ready to be shocked ... to remove them from our society, exterminate them if necessary. We need a complex, changeable responsive mix of things to actively manage this very serious problem. Making money from trading misery in others is a despicable act. I would like to see the tax on cigarettes and alcohol double every five years to discourage these two legal drugs. ... Now them's fightin' words!
Prosecute drug users? The US govt tried to ban alcohol, they repealed that pretty quickly. Cocaine, PCP, Ecstasy, Crack, Heroine, and especially Marijuana. Not to mention prescription drugs. All illegal in the United States, it doesn't stop anyone from using it, and in addition it separates the addicts by labeling them as lawbreakers and criminals just for the fact that they CONSUME the drugs. How likely do you think it is that they will get public help when they are despised and outlawed by their country? In fact it may actually drive rebellious youth to express their disdain for authority by using drugs...so I'd like to hear your master plan on 'removing drugs from our society'. Last time I checked, no companies promote hard drugs(it's illegal remember?) and they still find their way into people's hands. Taxes on cigarettes are already driving customers to search for alternative sources, increase them too much and you probably end up decreasing federal revenue. Search the effectiveness of the drinking age limit of 21 in the US, it DOES NOT work! The root problems need to be addressed - as long as their are people who can and will buy drugs, drugs will find their way into the marketplace.